Delegates to the World Zionist Congress last night stood for two minutes in silent mourning over the death of Queen Astrid of Belgium in an automobile accident near here.
The delegates and guests at the Congress were shocked when informed of the accident by Dr. Nahum Goldmann, vice-president of the Congress.
The Congress immediately sent a message of sympathy to the Belgian Government. The message, signed by Dr. Chaim Weizmann, Congress president, reads:
“The presidium of the Nineteenth World Zionist Congress at session in Lucerne, begs you to accept its deep condolences over the tragic death of Her Majesty the Queen. Representatives of world Jewry are participating in the deep mourning of His Majesty King Leopold and the entire royal family and the Belgian Nation. Representatives of Jews the world over express grief and sincere wishes for the speedy recovery of His Majesty the King.”