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Scandinavian Jewish Youth Federation Starts Annual Convention

The 29th annual convention of the Scandinavian Jewish Youth Federation opened at Gothenberg today with hundreds of delegates from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland present.

During the opening discussion, the vast majority of the delegates expressed the view that the spiritual values of Judaism and relations between worldwide Jewry and Israel must be pressed home to Jewish youth. A minority of the delegates felt that the trend toward assimilationism was unavertable. The parley sent a message of solidarity with Israel youth to Israel President Ben Zvi.

Dr. Abraham Nissan, Israel envoy to the Scandinavian states, spoke of the inter-dependence of Israel and Jewry abroad. Representatives of the World Jewish Congress and the Joint Distribution Committee are also attending the convention. Delegates today laid a wreath on the grave of Prof. Torgny Segerstedt, late famed Swedish humanist and editor, who throughout the Nazi regime fought the Hitlerites and helped rescue Jews from Nazi-occupied Europe.

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