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Conference on Jewish Claims Grants $135,988 in Scholarships

Scholarships and fellowships in the amount of $135,988 have been allocated for the academic year 1955-56 to 186 Jewish intellectuals–victims of Nazism–throughout the world, it was announced here today by Jacob Blaustein, senior vice-president of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which distributes these awards for study, research, and creative work in the general field of Jewish scholarship.

This is the second annual series of grants. Of the 186 recipients, 61 are students engaged in preparation for services in the professional fields, 58 grants are for graduate studies, and 67 are fellowships for independent work in the humanities and creative arts.

In making his announcement, Mr. Blaustein said that the Conference regards as an essential obligation and purpose the reconstruction of Jewish communal and cultural life and the encouragement of Jewish scholarship and intellectual creativity, which the Nazis sought to destroy. “The scholarships and awards fit within this frame of reference, ” he declared. “Every effort will be made to restore to Jewish life its vigor and its potential for continual contribution to Jewish survival.”

The $135,988 is part of an allotment of $1,300,000 for 1955, for purposes of cultural and educational rehabilitation. The major share of the Conference budget of $10,000,000 for 1955, has been earmarked for basic relief requirements of Jewish victims of Nazi persecution. The Conference includes 22 major Jewish organizations which administer money received under the terms of the Agreement negotiated between the Conference, the Israel Government, and West Germany in 1952 to provide over a period of 12 years $822,000,000 for Israel and relief and rehabilitation needs of Jewish Nazi victims in other parts of the world.

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