Mcdonald Agrees to Eight Jewish Representatives on Refugee Commission
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Mcdonald Agrees to Eight Jewish Representatives on Refugee Commission

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High Commissioner James G. McDonald today agreed to invite eight Jewish organizations to be represented in the League of Nations autonomous governing body for German refugees, in accordance with the decision of the London conference for the relief of German Jews. No opposition to this plan is expected from the governing body, composed of representatives of fifteen nations, including the United States.

The High Commissioner’s decision is the result of negotiations between Dr. Chaim Weizmann and Dr. Nahum Goldman, representing the London conference, the High Commissioner, and the Secretariat of the League of Nations, which concluded today.

Tomorrow, Mr. McDonald leaves for Paris and London where he will discuss with the two governments details of the program for the German refugees and establish contacts.

Mr. McDonald’s program consists broadly of raising a large fund with the help of Jewish and non-Jewish personalities, on whose support, Mr. McDonald believes he can count. Also with the support of the Jewish organizations as pledged by the London Jewish conference, and through the influence of certain countries, to secure the admission of a certain number of refugees into the various countries of the world.

The first meeting of the autonomous governing body for refugees, it was officially announced here, will take place at the end of November, probably in Lausanne, Switzerland. The permanent office of the High Commissioner and the governing body have as yet not been fixed, although it is thought that it will be either in Geneva or Lausanne.

Mr. McDonald expressed his readiness to cooperate with the London Jewish conference and its permanent bodies.

Dr. Weizmann, in addition to conversing with Mr. McDonald and M. Joseph Avenol, Secretary-General of the League, also spoke with Arthur Henderson, head of the Disarmament Conference, and several members of the League Mandates Commission.

Dr. Weizmann left Geneva for Zurich, Switzerland, where he will address the presidium of the Swiss Jewish communities.

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