New York (Jan. 7)
A seven-point program for the United Nations which would “nourish the hopes of the Jews on the edge of the abyss” is outlined in the current issue of The Nation by Dr. Philip S. Bernstein, executive director of the Committee on Army and Navy Religious Activities of the Jewish Welfare Board. Dr. Bernstein suggests:
1. Immediate announcement that the Jews, as Jews, will have a hearing in the councils of the United Nations.
2. Granting to Palestinian and stateless Jews the right to fight as Jews against the Nazis,
3. Opening the doors of Palestine at least to the legal immigration assured by the Mac Donald White Paper of 1939 which permits an immigration of 75,000 Jews in a five-year period. Thus far only 38,000 immigration permits have been granted.
4. Opening of frontiers of neutral countries for transit purposes.
5. Allied governments should guarantee to neutral countries the cost of maintaining escaped Jews during the war, or until they could be resettled else-where after the war.
6. Permit the sending of food to the starving Jews in occupied territories along the same lines as this is being done for the peoples in occupied Greece.
7. Save the Jewish children through utilizing the good offices of neutral powers.
Dr. Bernstein also publishes the text of a document signed by the late Admiral Darlan in which he opposes the introduction of the yellow badge for Jews in the Nazi-occupied zone of France, as well as the prohibition on Jews visiting public places and the establishment of a rigorous curfew for the Jewish population. The document is Darlan’s official reply to a note of the Commander-in-Chief of the Military Forces in France dated December 15, 1941.