Jewish Congress Regrets Re-establishment of Germany Before End of Denazification
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Jewish Congress Regrets Re-establishment of Germany Before End of Denazification

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The executive of the World Jewish Congress today ended its sessions here after adopting a resolution regretting that a West German state has been re-established before the denazification of Germany was completed. The resolution emphasized the concern of Jews over the tolerant attitude being displayed by the occupying powers with regard to the revival of Nazism in Germany.

Other resolutions expressed satisfaction over the admission of Israel to United Nations membership and praised the U.N. Secretariat for its cooperation with non-governmental agencies. The session also adopted a resolution voicing satisfaction with the fact that the U.N. Commission on Human Rights decided that groups and individuals have the right to submit petitions to the U.N. in cases where human rights have been violated.

The meeting also expressed satisfaction with the fact that the Jews of Tripolitania were given the opportunity to appear before the political committee of the United Nations. At the same time the session adopted a resolution regretting the fact that no decision was made as to who will care for displaced persons and refugees after the International Refugee Organization terminates in 1950. The resolution urged the U.N. General Assembly to appoint a High Commissioner to deal with DP problems.


The session voted to make a new attempt to resolve the differences of opinion which have recently developed between the World Jewish Congress and Jewish communities in Eastern Europe. It decided to appoint a delegation to conduct negotiations with central Jewish organizations in countries behind the Iron Curtain “in a spirit of mutual understanding on all questions where differences have arisen”. The delegation will report the results of its negotiations to the executive of the World Jewish Congress which was authorized today to take a final decision in the dispute.

An impassioned appeal to the World Jewish Congress to issue a warning that Jews remaining in Germany do so at their own risk was voiced last night by Joseph Rosenzaft, leader of the displaced Jews in the British zone of Germany. Harry Greenstein, adviser on Jewish Affairs to the American Military Government in Germany, estimated that about 25,000 Jews will remain in Germany. Addressing the session, he said that it would take years, perhaps generations, for the “virulent form of Nazi anti-Semitism to spend itself in Germany”.

“No one can work in Germany for even a brief period without being conscious of the deep underlying hatred and hostility against the Jews which exists on all levels of life,” Mr. Greenstein said. He urged the occupation authorities to guide the press and all media of communication to bring about a genuine regeneration of the German people. Mr. Greenstein reported that sixty-three percent of the displaced Jews who left Germany this year went to Israel while 35 percent emigrated to the United States.

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