Seelisberg,Switzerland (Aug. 5)
Seventeen reports submitted to the International Emergency Conference to Combat Anti-Semitism in Europe, which is now taking place here, reveal that anti-Semitism is either increasing or is strongly in evidence, particularly in Austria and Hungary.
Chief Rabbi Alexander Shafran of Bucharest delivered an encouraging report on Rumania, where, he said, conditions with regard to combatting anti-Semitism are satisfactory. On the other hand, Dr. Sterling Brown, advisor to the U.S. Army on religious affairs in the U.S. zone of Europe, said that anti-Semitism is widespread in Germany and that anti-Jewish tendencies are noticeable among American occupation troops.
The conference settled down today to routine business and appointed five commisions to work out plans for Christian-Jewish cooperation, educational work, tasks of churches in helping to combat anti-Semitism, and activities in civic and social fields as well as relations with governments. The conference, which aims at the establishment of an International Council of Christians and Jews, has three chairmen–Neville Laski of London, Dr. Everett Clinchy of New York, and Msgr. Calliste Lopinot of Rome.