W. J. C. Objects to Admission of Gestapo Officers in German Army

A strong objection to the admission of former S. S. officers in the new West German army was voiced here yesterday in a resolution adopted at the closing session of a two-day meeting of the World Jewish Congress’ European executive. The Congress endorsed a statement of protest to the Adenauer government by the Central Council of Jews in Germany.

The meeting, presided over by I. M. Sieff, chairman of the European executive, heard Dr. Nahum Goldmann, WJC president, report on recent developments in Jewish life in the USSR and other Communist countries of Eastern Europe. The body heard a report from Dr. G. M. Riegner on his recent visit to the Jewish communities of India and Iran, after which a sub-committee was named to draft a plan for establishing closer relations with the nations of Asia and Africa and to inform them of Jewry and Jewish problems.

Dr. A. Steinberg, director of the WJC cultural department, was named to attend the forthcoming UNESCO conference at New Delhi. Among other matters, the Congress, as a consultative organization, will raise the question of the Arab states prohibition against UNESCO personnel of the Jewish faith travelling in their territories.

The executive heard a report on the recent arrangements for merging WJC documentary evidence concerning victims of the Nazis with the files of the International Tracing Service at Arolsen, Germany. It was decided to appeal to other Jewish organizations and a number of governments for information which would round out the Arolsen files.

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