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Jewish Groups Urged to Maintain Increased Vigilance on Anti-semitism in Germany

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Anti-Semitism is at “a high pitch” in Germany and there is no hope for any possible adjustment of displaced Jews there, it was reported today at the conference of representatives of the American Jewish Committee in Europe, Prof. Herman Grey and Zachariah Shuster, who just returned from Germany, warned the conference that increased vigilance by Jewish organizations in order to lessen anti-Semitic tension during the next few years is necessary.

They estimated that no leas than 5,000 displaced Jews may emigrate monthly from Germany t. Israel within the next twelve to eighteen months. The conference also heard detailed reports on restitution of Jewish property in various countries. Max Isenberg, Counsel of the American Jewish Committee, called the attention of the delegates to the fact that all victims of racial and political persecution whose property in the United States was seized by the U.S. Government must submit claims for the return of such property not later than April 30, 1949.

Discussing cultural needs of the Jewish communities in Europe, the conference established that while great gains have been made in creating facilities for elementary Jewish education, there is a tremendous need for education for adults, particularly in the smaller countries. The conference decided to explore this field and to suggest an A. J.C. program. The delegates reported that the creation of a Jewish state had a beneficial effect upon the morale of the Jewish communities and raised Jewish prestige throughout Europe.

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