London (Aug. 7)
Today’s session of the World Zionist Conference was devoted chiefly to a general debate in which some of the speakers of the opposition criticiged the present executive. Outspoken in their criticism were especially the leaders of the Jewish State Party who demanded the resignation of the present executive of the World Zionist Organization and attacked Dr. Weizmann’s policy. The majority of the delegates do not appear to share the severe attitude of the Jewish State Party representatives in this respect.
Chaplain Joseph Shubov of the U. S. armed forces in Europe, addressed the session on the “appalling” conditions in which the displaced Jews live in camps in Germany. He said that the majority of these stateless Jews would like to proceed to Palestine. “Not a single Polish Jew is willing to return to Poland,” he reported, emphasizing that the Polish Jews declare they will rather “rot in the camps,” than live with anti-Semites in Poland who they say, are threatening Jews with “new crematoriums.”
One of the principal speakers today was Capt. Stephen Norman, a grandson of Dr. Theodore Herzl, who addressed the conference on his impressions of Palestine. Captain Norman loft Palestine only two days ago. He was introduced to the session by Dr. Stephen S. Wise. Other speakers included Naomi Shertok of New York who described the activities of the Zionist youths organizations in the United States and B. Sherman of New York who spoke in behalf of the Left Poale Zion of America.