Creation of “jewish People’s Restoration Fund” with Property of Murdered Jews Urged

Urging that the property of the Jews slain by the Nazis should be used for the relief, rehabilitation and resettlement in Palestine of Jews who have survived, Rudolf Sonneborn, New York industrialist and chairman of the National Council of the United Palestine Appeal, proposed yesterday the creation under the auspices of the United Nations of “the Jewish People’s Restoration Fund” and suggested that an immediate advance of $500,000,000 on account of that Fund should be made by the American-British-Russian Governments, with the bulk of it being used for the transfer of half a million Jews to Palestine within a maximum time period of the next three years.

Mr. Sonneborn’s proposal was heard by over 700 leaders of Jewish communities throughout New Jersey attending an emergency conference of the United Palestine Appeal at the Essex House in Newark to consider measures to speed the rebuilding of Palestine at the end of the war. Speakers included Dr. James G. Heller, of Cincinnati, national chairman of the U.I.A, Fierre van Paassen, writer and correspondent and Joel Gross, Newark, chairman of the conference.

One of the resolutions adopted by the conference called upon the participants in the Dumbarton Oaks conference to scrap the 1939 British White Paper on Palestine, which would bar further Jewish immigration there. The British White Paper was branded as “legally, morally and humanly indefensible” At the same time the conference adopted a resolution praising the British Government for forming a Jewish Brigade as urged by the Jewish Agency for Palestine.

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