Labor Group Not to Vote in AJC Election

The Jewish Labor Committee made it known yesterday that it will not participate in projected elections next April for the creation of an enlarged American Jewish Congress.

In a letter from B. C. Vladeck, chairman of the Labor group, to Bernard S. Deutsch, chairman of the Congress, it was pointed out that the reasons for the decision to have nothing to do with the elections were:

1.—That the A.J.C. has not established “the necessity for its existence.”

2.—That the A.J.C. has stressed, in its fight against Hitlerism, that the issue involved is “purely Jewish.”

3.—That there is no possibility of a real democratic election.

At the same time, however, Mr. Vladeck requested that the committee’s refusal to participate in the April balloting should not be interpreted as an indication of unwillingness to cooperate with other Jewish bodies.

TEXT OF LETTER

The full text of the missive follows:

At the last meeting of the Executive Committee of the Jewish Labor Committee, your letter of November 30 was submitted for consideration and action. After a lengthy discussion, it was decided not to accept your invitation and not to negotiate with the American Jewish Congress about participation in the projected elections. In informing you of this decision, I take the liberty to recapitulate briefly the reasons cited for this action during the discussion.

1.—The Jewish Labor Committee feel that the American Jewish Congress h## not established the necessity for its existence. It has not offered any program in regard to the Jewish problem that has not al-

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