NEW YORK (Jun. 17)
Leaders of the United Nations, in messages transmitted to the Jews of this country, have offered hope that some sections of European Jewry now faced with destruction by Hitler will be saved, thanks to intervention by neutral countries, and that the Jewish problem will definitely be considered at the forthcoming Peace Conference.
The messages, brought from London by Rabbi Irving Miller, member of the governing council of the American Jewish Congress and secretary general of the World Jewish Congress, were summarized today by Rabbi Miller at a press conference at which he stated that he received “intimations of very significant and confidential character” that the British White Paper, which provides for the closing of Jewish immigration to Palestine in 1944, may be modified.
Rabbi Miller reported that during his stay in London he was received by forty-five leading statesmen of the United Nations. While pessimistic concerning the possibilities of saving Jews in occupied Poland and the Baltic countries, Rabbi Miller expressed the belief that there are possibilities of rescuing Jews in Rumania, Hungary and Bulgaria without approaching Germany. He revealed that a number of neutral countries, unhampered by considerations of the United Nations, are now negotiating for the emigration of a substantial number of Jewish children in Axis countries.
Quoting Ivan Maisky, Soviet Ambassador in Britain, Rabbi Miller revealed that the Russian Government would be one of the governments which will seek “comprehensive consideration” of the Jewish problem at the peace conference. Leaders of the United Nations have also indicated that in the matter of repatriation they are prepared to consider residence rather than citizenship as the basis for returning persons to former homelands.