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Yivo Thanks U.S. Government for Assistance in Recovering Archives Valuable Books

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A resolution thanking the Government of the United States for its assistance in the bringing over of the cultural treasuries of the Yiddish Scientific YIVO Institute from Nazi-occupied Europe to this country was adopted here last night at the 25th jubilee conference of the Institute in which representatives of more than 120 organizations have participated.

The four-day conference, which will conclude on Wednesday, also adopted resolutions thanking the Joint Distribution Committee for aiding the Yiddish Scientific Institute in its work and expressing regret that a number of Jewish federations and welfare funds have not made any allocations to the YIVO. The conference also adopted a resolution protesting against the refusal of the United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York to grant it material aid.

Speaking at the conference, Mendel Elkin, one of the leaders of the Institute, revealed for the first time the role played by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Secretary of State Dean Acheson, General Incins Clay and General John Hilldring in helping the Institute rescue its archives and about 50,000 valuable books and transport them from Europe to the United States. Other speakers included Dr. Jacob Shatzky, Dr. Max Weinreich, Professor Abraham J. Heschel and Louis H. Sobel, chairman of the board of directors of the Institute.

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