Masaryk Refuses to Introduce Jewish Amendments; Russians Reportedly Opposed

Foreign Minister Jan Masaryk, head of Czechoslovakia’s delegation to the Paris Conference, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today that, while he is unable to introduce the amendments to the five draft treaties which have been suggested by Jewish delegations meeting here, he is convinced that an opportunity must be given at the peace conference for a ventilation of the Jewish question. He indicated that he would do his utmost in this direction.

From an informed diplomatic source it is learned that the first Soviet reaction to the amendments put forward by the Jewish delegations was unfavorable. While the Soviet delegates, it was said, understood that protection was needed for Jewish communal life, they were still opposed to any concept of group rights being recognized in the treaties. Such group rights, the Russians argued, might be generalized and become again dangerous instruments in the hands of revisionist elements in Central and Southeastern Europe. The Soviet delegates seemed to attach great importance to the emphasis in the treaty preambles on the protection of human rights.

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