Anti-semitism Stronger in Europe Than Before Rise of Nazism, Dr. Perlzweig Says

“Anti-Semitism is today a more powerful popular force on the European continent than it was before the rise of Hitlerism,” Dr. Maurice L. Perlzweig, head of the political department of the World Jewish Congress, told a press conference today following his return from Europe.

“If it were not for the powerful occupation armies, whose presence gives strength to the governments in their struggle against anti-Semitic and fascist forces, the Jews in the belt of territory which stretches from the Beltic to the Black See would be in danger of being wiped out overnight,” he said. He described “well organized and politically effective movements whose purpose it is to prevent the return of their property to the Jews.”

Acknowledging that the process of resettlement of Europe’s Jews will take many years, Dr. Perlzweig said: “In the meantime the peace treaties must provide for an international guarantee of human rights and for the return of property and possession of which Jews have been unlawfully and unjustly robbed. In some cases it will be necessary to insist on treaty provision for the enactment of legislation designed to outlaw anti-Semitism.”

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