Action on Growing Anti-semitism in Germany is Urged at World Jewish Congress Parley
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Action on Growing Anti-semitism in Germany is Urged at World Jewish Congress Parley

The necessity of arousing worldwide public opinion against a revival of Nazism and anti-Semitism in Germany was stressed by Dr. David Petegorsky, of the American Jewish Congress, at the week-end session of the World Jewish Congress now meeting here.

Dr. Petegorsky added that every effort must be made to persuade the United States Senate to pass a resolution calling for an investigation of American policy in Germany.

Dr. L. Bienenfeld of London said that Jewish organizations in Eastern Europe were subject to dictation by the policies of their governments. He questioned whether the W. J. C. was justified in recognizing these organizations. Sidney Silverman, British M. P., declared that the W. J. C. had been summoned in order to examine the issue whether a complete breakdown between East and West could be prevented.


Mr. Silverman challenged the Communists of Rumania to organize a protest meeting against the ban on emigration to Israel against Rumanian Jews. He urged the World Jewish Congress executive to lead in healing the breach in territorial division, stating that it should be prepared to go a long way, but the “Eastern communities must be ready to make their contribution, beginning by abandoning the campaign of misrepresentation.”

Dr. A. L. Kubowitsky said that the W. J. C. conference here was “hypnotized” by the problem of relations between the Jewish communities of the East and the West. This was an important question, he added, but was not the only one. Another issue was the unity of the W. J. C. which was affected in three critical areas — Eastern Europe, Israel and the United States.

The Congress official said that as regards Eastern Europe, the W. J. C. was prepared to make concessions. He added that in the United States a way must be found to enroll the cooperation of the Zionist parties. In Israel, there was tremendous potential interest in the W. J. C., both within the government and among the public at large, he asserted.

Last night’s session was devoted to a closed discussion of internal organizational problems. A special meeting on Germany, with the participation of Harry Greenstein, adviser on Jewish affairs to the American high command in Europe, and spokesmen of the German Jewish communities, will close the meeting of the executive tonight. European members of the General Council of the Congress will hold a session Monday.

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