JERUSALEM (Dec. 27)
The Jewish National Council made public a manifesto praising the declaration by the United Nations regarding the Nazi persecution of the Jews as “of enormous moral value,” but, at the same time, protesting that nothing practical has been done as yet to rescue these Jews.
The manifesto points out that so far “no steps have been taken to exchange German nationals in Allied countries for Jews in occupied territory; nothing has been done to secure the cooperation of the neutral nations in order to facilitate the emigration of Jews from Nazi-dominated lands; no countries have announced that they will open their gates to the persecuted Jews.” It appeals to the Jews of the democratic world to take action to save European Jewry, pointing out that the Yishuv is ready to receive as many Jews as can be succored.
A meeting of Hungarian Jews here, which heard a report on the situation of the Jews in Hungary, voted to establish a Representation of Hungarian Jews which will demand recognition of post-war Jewish rights in Palestine. It was decided to appeal to prominent Jewish leaders, such as Chief Rabbi Hertz of Britain, Rabbi Stephen Wise, Miss Henrietta Szold and others, urging them to attempt to save Hungarian Jewry.
The Jewish community in Palestine was particularly shocked by the report that the Jews of Poland have been concentrated in 53 “Jewish townships” in order, it is believed, to facilitate their extermination.