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Church Union Asks United States to Admit Jews Escaping from Nazi Territories

A resolution urging the United States as well as other free countries of the world to admit Jews who succeed in escaping from Nazi Europe, was made public here today by the Church Peace Union, composed of clergymen and laymen representing various religious denominations and political affiliations. The resolution was adopted by the Union’s Board of Trustees at its annual meeting this week.

Expressing “horror and indignation at the cruelties now being visited upon all the peoples subject to Nazi tyranny”, the resolution appeals to all men and women in the United States to join in protest against the Nazi execution of Jews and “the ruthlessness of the deliberate program of the German Government under Hitler to exterminate all the Jews of Europe.”

“We urge the governments of the United Nations to give immediate assurance that the Jews of Europe will not be left to suffer alone in this crisis but that the shedding of their blood will be avenged by the punishment of the butchers,” the resolution roads. “We urge further that havens of refuge and asylum be provided in all the free countries of the world, including the United States, for such Jews as can be rescued from the hell of Fascist Europe.

“We urge that the United Nations give their immediate thought and attention to the possibilities of Palestine as a present place of refuge for some of the Jews now living in deadly peril. We recognize that Palestine as a homeland cannot solve all the problems of the Jews, but we urge that consideration be given to the policy of opening this country to large scale immigration at the end of the war; thus permitting the persecuted either to settle in their former homes or to reconstruct their lives in the ancient land of their fathers.

“We join all civilized mankind in a demand that in the post war world there be established a political, economic, and social status for Jews and Judaism consistent with the requirements of decency and democracy; that Jews shall be free men; and that the Jewish tradition shall be free to fulfill itself.”

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