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Open Israel School Named for British Woman Who Aided Jewish Children in Europe

The Eleanor Rathbone Educational Institute, erected at the Children’s Village near Magdiel at a cost of $75,000 raised in Britain, was dedicated yesterday in the presence of Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett and a representative of the British Minister to Israel.

Mr. Sharett paid tribute to a “British woman who sacrificed her life for just causes. Although supporting Zionism not on political but on human grounds,” Mr. Sharett continued, “she made superhuman efforts to rescue European Jews, particularly children.” Mrs. Vera Weizmann, wife of President Weizmann, stressed the “role of this noble Christian woman in Youth Aliyah’s successful mission in bringing to Israel 45,000 Jewish children.”

David Balfour, counsellor to the British legation, speaking in behalf of Minister helm, said the “unfortunate events of the last few years embittering Anglo-Israel relations should be forgotten and the way paved for friendlier relations.” Fifteen years ago, he stated, any Jew would have called Britain the best friend of the Jews.