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British Jews Will Confer with Lehman on Relief Activities in Liberated Europe

A representative of the Board of Deputies of British Jews will meet with Director-General Herbert Lehman of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, who is now in London, to discuss the question of relief for Jews in Europe, it was announced today by Prof. Selig Brodetsky, president.

Addressing a general meeting of the Board, Prof. Brodetsky expressed satisfaction that a prominent Jew is at the head of UNRRA. He asserted that although post-war relief must be dealt with by international bodies, there are special Jewish problems, such as those handled by the Joint Distribution Committee. He suggested that British Jewry follow the example of the JDC.

Discussing the political status of Jews in liberated countries, Prof. Brodetsky said that “Jews cannot sacrifice their fundamental status as equal citizens. No solution of the Jewish problem.” he continued, “should imply that it is unrealistic to expect the disappearance of anti-Semitism as Nazism disappears.” The Board president emphasized the menace of anti-Semitic groups now operating in England, especially those composed of recently released fascists.

Prof. Brodetsky opened the meeting by expressing the horror of English Jewry at the assassination of Lord Moyne. Stating that the Palestine terror was one of the greatest disasters that has ever befallen the Jewish people, he added that it was understandable that some persons might lose their balance, but that the Jewish people generally “have not been affected by this insanity.”

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