London (Feb. 18)
Stressing the importance for Jews of the decisions reached by the Big Three at Yalta, prof. Selig Brodetsky, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, declared today that steps must be taken immediately to ensure that “Jewry will speak as one voice at the forthcoming San Francisco conference, instead of having differences such as those which brought disaster in the past.”
In this connection prof. Brodctsky told a meeting of the deputies that an agreement has been reached between the Board and the American Jewish Conference and the world Jewish Congress, providing for permanent consultation on international Jewish problems. He said that the Conference and the Congress have already ratified the arrangement and urged that the Board do likewise; and expressed the hope that other Jewish bodies would join in the agreement. Following his address, the Foreign Committee of the Board ratified the agreement, which will be presented for final approval to a special meeting of the organization called for that purpose.
Dr. Brodetsky said that steps have been taken to secure the cooperation of Russian Jewry, but asserted that “this is no easy matter.” He also disclosed that the Board is in touch with the Foreign Office concerning various Jewish aspects of the Hungarian armistice terms.
The meeting approved a report by the Board’s Palestine Committee endorsing the statement of the Jewish Agency last week, which took issue with Viscount Cranborne, who had asserted in the House of Lords that Palestine could not at present absorb large numbers of immigrants, and which protested the planned transfer to an UNRRA camp in Algeria of 1,670 Jews saved from German camps.