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German Jewish Council Asks Part of Restitution Funds He Used for World Jewish Relief

A portion of the moneys and assets due German Jewry in the form of restitution should be used to help the major Jewish relief organizations of the world which are facing extreme financial difficulties in meeting their tasks, it was decided here today at a meeting of the executive committee of the Council for the Protection of the Rights and Interests of Jews from Germany. The Council is the central representative body of German Jewish organizations throughout the world.

At the same time, the executive, whose session was chaired by Dr. Leo Basck, former Chief Rabbi of Berlin, expressed the hope that a substantial portion of the funds from heirless and communal restitution would be made available to the Council itself to be used for German Jews now in the United States, Britain, Israel and other countries.

The Council also stressed that the restitution laws will serve their purpose only if facilities are granted immediately for the transfer of funds and property. It stressed the need for providing old age homes for impoverished German Jews, for establishing loan agencies and for protecting the records of German Jewish communities — all of which projects are being postponed for lack of funds.

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