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World Jewish Congress Presents Petition to the Bermuda Conference

The World Jewish Congress today made public the text of a memorandum submitted to the Anglo-American conference in Bermuda asking that a representative of the organization be allowed to appear before the Conference to state the Jewish case and presenting a twelve-point program for the rescue of Jews from Nazi-occupied Europe.

The memorandum, signed by Stephen S. Wise, chairman of the executive committee of the World Jewish Congress, and by Nachum Goldmann, chairman of the administrative committee, suggested that the United Nations approach the German Government and the governments of the states it now partly dominates or controls, through the Vatican or neutral governments like Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Argentine, with a view to securing their agreement to the release of their Jewish victims and to the emigration of Jews to such havens of refuge as may be provided.

The memorandum also requests that the United States immigration regulations be simplified so that more refugees may come in under the present quotas and that England, the British possessions and Latin-American countries be asked to facilitate the immigration of additional refugees. Other demands advanced in the memorandum include the opening of Palestine for Jewish immigration, the grating of identity passports to refugees, analogous to the Nansen passports, appropriate steps for feeding victims in Nazi territories and the establishment of an inter-governmental agency with full authority and power to deal with the recommendations outlined in the program.

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