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Resistance of Jews in Warsaw Ghetto Hailed at British Labor Party Conference

The resistance put up by the Jews in the Warsaw ghetto, during a three-week battle with Nazi extermination squads, which began towards the latter part of April, was hailed today as “the outstanding example of underground resistance in Europe” in an address before the annual conference of the British Labor Party by Camille Huysmans, veteran Belgian Socialist.

Huysmans, who was at one time president of the Belgian Chamber of Deputies, stressed that “the resistance of the 40,000 Jews, remnants of a Jewish population of 500,000, has been looked upon with admiration throughout the world.” He asserted that the fight was directed mainly by members of the Jewish Socialist Party “Bund.”

Lucian Blitt, a member of the “Bund,” who was the first of a series of speakers representing the labor movements of the occupied countries, pointed out that the extermination of the people of Europe by the Nazis actually began in 1933, “when the world still considered the persecution of the Jews in Germany a domestic affair.” He also paid tribute to the heroism of the Warsaw ghetto, and appealed to the British Labor movement to increase its efforts to hasten the liberation of the oppressed peoples.

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