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N.c.r.a.c. Postpones Its Plenary Session at Request of Three Groups

The plenary session of the National Community Relations Advisory Council, at which important decisions were to be made in connection with the recommendations contained in the Maclver Report on the activities of Jewish groups engaged in combatting anti-Semitism, has been postponed from June 28 until September, it was announced last night by Irving Kane, chairman of the Council.

The action was taken in response to a joint request by the principal officers of three major member national organizations–Jacob Blaustein, president of the American Jewish Committee; Frank Goldman, president of B’nai B’rith; and Adolph Held, chairman of the Jewish Labor Committee.

In a joint letter to Mr. Kane, the three wrote that they would find it essential to be in Europe during the negotiations which will take place at the end of June between the Conference on Material Claims Against Germany and the Bonn Government. The three Jewish organization presidents are members of the presidium of the Conference.

“It has been a difficult decision for us to make,” they wrote. “but we are sure you will agree with us that as heads of our respective organizations, it is important that we participate in the vital proceedings of the plenum. In order to make this possible, we therefore jointly suggest a postponement of the plenum.” Mr. Kane said that the executive committee of the N.C.R.A.C. polled by telephone, had acceded to the request.

A memorandum from Mr. Kane to the N.C.R.A.C. membership announcing the postponement noted that many members of the executive committee felt that complying with the request “created some difficult problems, involved inconvenience and delay, and in some cases serious disarrangement of plans. Most members, however felt that, the request having been made, for the reason given, it should be honored.”

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