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Plans for Jewish Relief in Post-war Europe Formulated in London

A four-point “immediate relief program” for Jews in countries liberated from the Nazis was adopted here last night at a special conference of representatives of seventy Jewish organizations called by the Joint Foreign Committee of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

With the ultimate defeat of the Nazis in sight, the conference, representing all shades of Jewish life in England, appointed a temporary executive which includes Sir Max Bonn, Lionel Rothschild, Prof, Norman Bentwich and others, entrusted to carry out the following decisions:

1. To enroll and train Jewish volunteers for relief work in Europe, These volunteers will be organized into special Jewish relief units and immediately after the armistice will be sent to areas largely inhabited by Jews. The units are to operate under the military command of the United Nations.

2. To raise funds for Jewish relief work in countries where Jewish life has been devastated by the Nazis.

3. To enter into negotiations with the Council of Voluntary Organizations in Britain which cooperates with the military authorities in planning relief missions for countries liberated by the Nazis.

4. To attempt the formation of a world-wide Jewish Relief Committee in which American, British, Palestinian and other Jewish groups would participate.

Jewish organizations, it was announced at the conference, will have special ambulances operating in the Jewish-populated zones in Europe. They will supply the liberated Jews with medical equipment and will distribute large quantities of clothing as well as Jewish religious articles. Wherever possible this form of relief will be given even before the armistice is concluded.

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