New York (Jul. 21)
A series of proposals touching on various aspects of the problem of rescuing the Jews in Axis-held Europe were advanced here today by groups of experts meeting in panel discussions at the Emergency Conference to Save the Jews of Europe, at the Hotel Commodore.
The panel on International Relations, which is headed by Prof. Max Lerner, suggested that America and Britain approach the Axis satellites with a proposal that the International Red Cross be allowed to supervise the treatment of Jews in those countries. It also urged that the United States and England give guarantees to neutral countries, assuring them of financial support for Jews received within their borders. A large-scale campaign to organize mass opinion in the United States to make clear to the President and State Department that special officials must be appointed to handle the rescue of Jews, was also urged by the international relations committee.
The panel on Military Affairs, which is under the chairmanship of Admiral Yates Stirling, Jr., suggested that all the United Nations appoint a governmental agency “immediately to put into effect promises of reprisals and reprisals” to force all satellite nations allied with the Axis to discontinue the persecution of the Jewish people. The panel on Religion, which is being presided over by Bishop Henry St. George Tucker, came to the conclusion that the churches should take the following steps: Voice support of the Zionist aspirations for a Jewish National State in Palestine. Point out that anti-Semitism is of necessity opposed to Christianity. Declare that the persecution of the Jews in Europe is a problem that must be met now and not put off until the peace conference.
Other panels discussed Public Opinion and Relief and Transportation. The groups will meet again before submitting their final recommendations to the resolutions committee of the Conference on Friday evening.