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Council of Churches Urges President Roosevelt to Save Jews in Nazi Europe

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A six-point resolution urging that steps be taken to save the Jews in Germany and conquered lands was adopted here by the Council of Churches at a joint session with the Church and Social Work Division of the Council of Social Agencies at the Central Parkway Y. M. C. A. The resolution urged President Roosevelt and his counselors “to strive to secure united action with our Allies” toward the following ends:

1. Efforts be made through neutral nations urging them to try to prevail upon Germany to permit Jews to leave the lands Germany dominates, especially to permit children to escape and go elsewhere in the world.

2. The opening of the doors of Palestine to refugee who may find harbor there, and a generous policy of giving sanctuary on the part of the United Nations themselves to those who may knock at their gates.

3. Conversations with adjacent neutral lands, like Sweden and Switzerland, to pursue a generous humanitarian policy in regard to Jews who may find their way across the borders.

4. Every effort be made to reach an agreement for feeding the Jews of Central Europe who are reported to be now given one-fourth or one-fifth the low ration allowed to Poles, or other subject populations.

5. The immediate liberation of all prisoners in North African concentration camps whose imprisonment is the result of racial discrimination.

6. The public statement that all leaders and followers responsible for the massacre of Jews will be brought to justice, and will be given the utmost rigor of the law, after the war shall be over.

“The massacres of Jews by the Nazis and their henchmen have aroused the horror of what remains of the civilized world,” the resolution states. “As ministers of the Christian religion, we proclaim, in the face of these savage acts, our burning indignation, and our earnest longing to do all within our powers to help these stricken children of God.”

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