LONDON (Jun. 22)
Most of the anti-Semitic literature distributed in England comes from the United States, it was reported here today at the conference of leaders of Jewish communities throughout the British Commonwealth.
The report was delivered at a session devoted to Jewish defense activities against anti-Semitism. It was emphasized that although the Facist movement in England is losing ground to a “remarkable degree,” vigilance is still necessary. The report was presented by Reuben Liebermann, chairman of the defense committee of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
Mr. Liebermann emphasized that the Mosley Union movement, which was engaged in anti-Jewish propaganda in England, was disintegrating owing to apathy on the part of the public. “Mosley himself, who is now living in Ireland, plays down now the anti-Semitic angle in his speeches, ” Mr. Liebermann said. “However, there are still small groups of troublemakers who are concerned mostly with the distribution of pamphlets, “
Declaring that most of these pamphlets come from the United States, Mr. Liebermann singled out “Common Sense, ” an anti-Jewish paper published in New Jersey. Anti-Semitic pamphlets by R.K. Rudman have been received from South Africa, and anti-Jewish material is also being received in London from the notorious Scandinavian anti-Semite Einar Aberg.
QUEEN ELIZABETH GREETS JEWISH COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE
The representatives of some 900,000 Jews in the British Commonwealth countries received a message from Queen Elizabeth today thanking them for an expression of fealty and support they had sent her yesterday, when the conference opened. The message from the private secretary to the Queen said: “Please convey to the delegates to the conference of Commonwealth Jews assembled to discuss problems of common Jewish interest the sincere thanks of the Queen for their very kind message and for the assurance of their prayers which Her Majesty greatly appreciates.”
The position of Jews in the Soviet Union and other Communist countries, the rearmament of Germany and the need for unity among the Jews of the world were discussed here today at another session of the conference of Commonwealth Jewry.
Barnett Janner, British M. P., who presided at today’s session on foreign affairs, noted that in the Soviet Union there had been from time to time purges of those Jews who had been associated with the Communist regime, but “this was the fate that Jew and non-Jew suffered alike. ” He added that “hundreds of thousands lived under a terrible pressure” that was not quite persecution but one of the nearest things to it. In the satellite countries, Mr. Janner said, “cruel sentences” had been passed on Jews on the pretext that they had engaged in Zionist activities.
On the question of German rearmament, Mr. Janner emphasized that the Board of Deputies of British Jews had warned of the need to watch German militarism. He also reported that the Board of Deputies had called on the Western Powers to make certain that the West German Government fulfilled its obligations under the Luxemburg reparations pact with Israel and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
Dr. Noah Barou, World Jewish Congress leader, spoke on the importance of not isolating Commonwealth Jewry’s problems from those of international effect. Prof. Norman Bentwich, a British Jewish leader, detailed the progress made in reparations matters and reported that the United Restitution Office had extended its work to cover individual claims for indemnification for loss of liberty by victims of the Nazis.