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Post-war Jewish Relief Tasks Outlined by Dr. Silver; Jewish Aid Praised by Batt

The major tasks which Jewish leaders will face in the years immediately following the war were outlined here tonight by Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver, addressing a dinner of the United Jewish Appeal at the Hotel Plaza.

“Broken lives in the broken Jewish centers of Europe will have to be rebuilt,” he said. “Large scale and uninterrupted aid will have to be extended to them over a considerable period of time.” Pointing out that the restoration of citizenship will not lift entirely the great social and economic tension under which the Jews in central and eastern Europe will find themselves after the war, Rabbi Silver emphasized that “in any future solution of the Jewish problem, Palestine must play an important role.”

William L. Batt, vice-chairman of the War Production Board, speaking at the dinner, praised the Jewish relief efforts. Such organizations as the Joint Distribution Committee, the United Palestine Appeal and the National Refugee Service have performed a tremendous task on the “human suffering front,” he said.