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President of France to Unveil Memorial for Jewish Martyrs

President Rene Coty of France today informed the Committee for the Erection of a Memorial for the Unknown Jewish Martyrs that he will preside over a ceremony unveiling the memorial on October 30 and in which Jewish delegations from many countries–including countries behind the Iron Curtain-will participate.

The ceremonies marking the unveiling of the memorial will last four days, and will include a dinner in honor of Dr. Nahum Goldmann who as president of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, helped to secure funds for the erection of the memorial building. A section will be a museum devoted to material dealing with the annihilation of 6,000,000 Jews by the Nazis. The Israel Embassy in Paris will tender a reception in honor of the delegates.

Isaac Schneersohn, president of the World Committee for the Erection of a Memorial for the Unknown Jewish Martyrs, today announced that among other countries where the Jewish communities will send delegations to participate in the ceremonies here, will be a four-man delegation from Poland, a four-man delegation from Rumania, and a three-man group from Czechoslovakia.

There will also be delegations from Bulgaria, Hungary and Yugoslavia. Delegates have already been designated by the Jewish communities in these countries, Mr. Schneersohn said. This is the first time that Jewish communities in countries behind the Iron Curtain are all sending delegations to an international Jewish ceremony abroad.

In addition, the unveiling ceremony will be attended by diplomatic representatives from many countries, including the United States, and by high officials of the French Government. The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany has contributed $300,000 towards the project. Contributions were also made by Jewish communities in various countries.