Lucerne (Aug. 30)
With general activities of the World Zionist Congress at a halt, interest centered today on the sessions of the committee engaged in study of the transfer agreement between Germany and Palestine.
Opposition to continuation of the barter pact was manifested today by a barrage of telegrams and letters that descended upon the congress praesidium and the committee. The messages are from organizations and individuals in many countries urging abrogation of the agreement.
Today’s session of the committee was marked by a heated discussion in which the American and Polish members insisted that an abrogation resolution be adopted. Other members of the committee are seeking a compromise by which the transfer deal will be continued with limitations. Among the proposed limitations are a guarantee that imports from the Reich will be only in exchange for capital of German Jews emigrating to Palestine and not masqueraded manipulations by individuals concealing private dealings with the Reich.
Negotiations with Dr. Chaim Weizmann in connection with the presidency of the Zionist organization and also among the various factions continued throughout the day. As soon as it is definitely made clear whether Dr. Weizmann will refuse or accept the nomination, the composition of the executive, which has proved a stumbling block to date, is expected to proceed without difficulty.
As the situation stands, Dr. Weizmann has indicated he would prefer not to accept the presidency, but that if he enters the executive at all it will be only as president. This is taken to mean that if certain conditions which he is insisting upon are met, he will accept the post. On the other hand Dr. Sokolow, incumbent president, has flatly refused to accept an offer of the honorary presidency and has declared he would be willing to serve another term as active president.