Intergovernmental Committee on Refugees Will Hold Plenary Session in London

Spurred by the possibility of saving Jews from Hungary and other countries in Nazi Europe, the Intergovernmental Committee for Refugees, which was reorganized following the Bermuda Conference last year, will hold a plenary session in London on August 15, it was announced here today.

This will be the first plenary session of the Committee since its reorganization. Representatives of all Allied and neutral nations will participate in the session which is to discuss various problems dealing with the fate of the Jews who can still be saved from Europe. The total membership of the Intergovernmental Committee numbers thirty-nine. The Committee was established in July 1938, as a result of the Evian Conference called at the initiative of President Roosevelt to rescue Jews from Germany and find places of refuge for them in various oversea lands.

The hope that concerted Allied efforts are already under way to actively explore the new wide possibilities of rescuing Jews from Hungary as a result of the offer made by the Hungarian Government, was expressed today by Moshe Shertok, head of the political department of the Jewish Agency, in addressing a Zionist gathering in Manchester.

Pointing out that the Hungarian offer “has thrown the onus for the salvation of the Jews on the Allies,” Shertok said that the number of Palestine immigration certificates now available under the White Paper covers only four percent of the number of Jews who are still in Hungary.

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