LONDON (Dec. 21)
The Board of Deputies of British Jews today adopted a resolution condemning the anti-Semitic tenor of the proceedings at the Prague trial. The same resolution was later accepted by a mass rally, organized by the Board, to protest the trial, sentencing and execution of nine Jews. It was carried over the protest of a small but vociferous Communist minority.
The meeting protected the “calculated attempt to exploit anti-Jewish prejudice among the people of Czechoslovakia” and the “vilification of Israel whose policy is to provide a home for the victims of persecution and discrimination.” It also expressed concern over the “dangerous consequences” which such anti-Semitic propaganda “may bring the broken remnants of Jewry in Eastern Europe.”
British Chief Rabbi Israel Brodie told the rally that “no one can shake off the memory of the recent sorrows and suffering. No one can but be terrified by the percent callousness and indifference to human life which is one of the consequence of the convulsions which were started by fanatical anti-Semites whose malice, passions and falsehoods knew no bounds.”