Jewish Groups Ask U.N. for Speedy Creation of International Refugee Body

Delay in the establishment and effective functioning of the International Refugee Organization will “contribute to the further breakdown of the moral and physical well-being of the displaced persons and refugees,” and will result in further misfortune and disaster for those who have already endured untold suffering and torture, three Jewish organizations warned in a memorandum submitted today to the General Assembly of the United Nations.

The document signed by the World Jewish Congress, the American Jewish Conference, and the Board of Deputies of British Jews, urged speedy adoption of the IRO constitution, an adequate budget to implement its plans, and specific provisions for assistance to Jewish DP’s in Europe. Pointing out that there are today approximately 250,000 Jewish displaced persons in German, Austrian and Italian camps, and many thousands of unsettled refugees in all parts of the world, the memorandum emphasized that any modifications of the present draft constitution of IRO, which was approved by the Economic and Social Council last September, will have to take into account “the distinctive needs and problems of the uprooted Jews of Europe.”

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