Washington (Jan. 6)
The Anglo-American Inquiry Committee on Palestine, which opens hearings here tomorrow, will call as its first witness Earl G. Harrison, whose report to President Truman on the conditions of Jews in displaced persons camps in Germany lead to a directive by the President ordering improvement in the camps, and to his appeal to the British Government to admit 100,000 Jews to Palestine.
In an announcement released last night, the committee said that Mr. Harrison will be followed by Dr. Joseph Schwartz, European director of the JDC, who is expected to report on the number of stateless Jews in Europe and the countries from which they originate, and a representative of the PIAS. The first witness to testify concerning Palestine will be Robert Nathan, former Government economist, who, last Spring, made a study of the economic potentialities of Palestine for the American Palestine Institute. It was also announced that Prof. Albert Einstein will be called.
After completing its hearings here, the committee will leave on the Queen Elizabeth on Jan. 18, for Britain for further hearings, after which it will go to Germany and Austria, and then to Palestine. Although the committee, while in Washington, will hear a great many individuals and organizations, it pointed out that because of its schedule, it might not be able to hear all those who desire to testify, but will accept memorandums from those who cannot be heard. Organizations and individuals to be called during the hearings here will includes.
American Zionist Emergency Council, Zionist Organization of America, Mizrachi Organization of America, Hadassah, United Zionist Socialist Labor party, American Jewish Conference, American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Congress, American Council for Judaism, Inc., American Palestine Committee, Christian Council on Palestine. Foreign Missions Council of North America, Agudas Israel of America, Institute of Arab-American Affairs, Dr. Walter Clay Lowdermilk, John L. Savage, James B. Hayes and Professor Wohlman of Jordan Valley Authority, Rev., Charles T. Bridgeman, Hebrew Committee of National Liberation.