Rescue of Surviving Jews of Europe Proposed in Both Houses of Congress

Creation of a commission to draw up “a plan of immediate action designed to save the surviving Jewish people of Europe from extinction at the hands of Nazi Germany,” was urged today by a bi-partisan group of Congressmen in a resolution introduced simultaneously in both Houses.

Senator Guy M. Gillette, Iowa Dem., introduced the resolution in the Senate for Sens. Allen S. Ellender, La. Dem.; Homer Ferguson, Mich. Rep.; Joseph F. Gufey, Pa. Dem.; Edwin C. Johnson, Colo. Dem.; James E. Murray. Mont. Dem.; George L. Radcliffe, Md. Dem.; Elbert Thomas, Utah Dem.; Robert A. Taft, Ohio Rep.; and Frederick Van Nuys, Ind. Dem. Rep. Will Rogers, Jr., Calif. Dem., and Rep. Joseph Clark Baldwin, N.Y. Rep., introduced the resolution in the House. The resolution says:

“Whereas the Congress of the United States, by concurrent resolution adopted on March 10 of this year, expressed its condemnation of Nazi Germany’s mass murder of Jewish men, women, and children,’ a mass crime which has already exterminated close to two million human beings, about thirty percent of the total Jewish population of Europe, and which is growing in intensity as Germany approaches defeat; and;

“Whereas the American tradition of justice and humanity dictates that all possible means be employed to save from this fate the surviving Jews of Europe, some four million souls who have been rendered homeless and destitute by the Nazis; therefore be it resolved, that the Congress of the United States recommends and urges the creation by the President of a commission of diplomatic, economic and military experts to formulate and effectuate a plan of immediate action designed to save the surviving Jewish people of Europe from extinction at the hands of Nazi Germany.”

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