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300 Swiss Clergymen Ask Protestant Church to Adopt Program Against Anti-semitism

Three hundred ministers of the Protestant Church in Switzerland today assailed recent deportations of Jews from Nazi-held territory and demanded that the Church take a stand against anti-Semitism.

At a meeting of the “Swiss Society for Aid to the German (Bekennende) Church” the assembled clergymen scored the Jewish deportations as “especially horrible in number and manner,” and asked that the following program be proclaimed:

“1. The Church to which the Gospel has been entrusted through God’s mercy calls upon its members to pray for suffering Jewry and to do everything possible to relieve their sufferings.

“2. The Church condemns the mockery and persecution of the Jewish people as a revolt against the creative will of God.

“3. The Church feels itself especially bound together with the fate of the Jewish people according to the New Testament. Anti-Semitism is irreconcilable with membership in the Christian community.”