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Soviet Blamed for War by Workmen’s Circle Parley in Chicago

The Workmen’s Circle was on record today with a resolution holding Soviet Russia responsible for the war through the Nazi-Soviet pact of August, 1939.

The Circle, which concluded its 41st annual convention here, also voiced condemnation of the Norman Thomas Socialist group for joining reactionary groups in opposing defense measures.

A resolution on the general Jewish situation declared that Palestine was menaced by developments in the Near East. A resolution recommending recognition of the Geverk-shaften campaign was rejected by the convention. Distribution of $39,000 to various institutions was approved.

Resolutions adopted at previous sessions call for moral and financial support of the ORT, HIAS, the ZIKA, the Jewish Encyclopedia, the Yiddish Scientific Institute and organizations active in the field of naturalization. Another resolution called for support of the efforts of Britain and the United States Government to defeat Hitlerism.

Reuben Guskin, retiring president, denied having said that a “homeland is the only solution for Jewish problems,” as he was quoted in newspaper reports as having stated.

Joseph Weinberg, New York, was elected president at the closing session. Other officers are E. Eberil, vice-president; S. Rivkin, treasurer, and S. Davitz, secretary.

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