London (Oct. 20)
While the Board of Deputies of British Jews is officially disassociated from the boycott of Germany, one of the subcommittees of the Board, the press and information committee, under the chairmanship of Philip Guedalla, well known writer and historian, is officially boycotting German goods, in accordance with a report of the press committee issued today before the meeting of the Board of Deputies scheduled for Sunday.
Mr. Guedalla was recently supplied by a publishing firm with a book called “Albatros”, a volume of verse which was printed in Germany. Mr. Guedalla returned the volume to the publishers declaring that under the present circumstances he cannot retain a German book even as a gift. The publishers then explained to Mr. Guedalla that the German edition was intended only for the continent, while for England the book will be produced locally. The committee thereupon decided to take no further action.
The press committee also revealed that anti-Semitic activities in England “are stimulated directly and indirectly by German events.” These activities consist in the main of the distribution of leaflets and pamphlets, many of German origin, the organization of street meetings and the insertion of anti-Semitic material in the British press. The committee is considering methods of dealing with the situation.
Preparations are continuing for the world conference on the German Jewish situation convened by Neville Laski, president of the Board of Deputies, and Leonard Montefiore, chairman of the Anglo-Jewish Association. It will open on October 29, with a morning session.
It is doubtful whether the original intention to have the Marquess of Reading as presiding officer will materialize, but the conference will definitely be convened in spite of several requests for postponement which have been received, particularly from overseas organizations whose delegates may be unable to arrive in time for the opening.
Most of the organizations invited to attend the conference have intimated to the organizers their consent by naming delegates.