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New Prime Minister of South Africa Pledges Friendship to Jews

Prime Minister H. F. Verwoerd of South Africa received today a delegation representing the Board of Jewish Deputies of the Union in the first audience he gave to a Jewish delegation since assuming direction of the Government of South Africa.

In a statement issued after the meeting, in Pretoria, the Board of Deputies said: “In the course of a cordial interview the Prime Minister said that he fully identified himself with the policy of his predecessors in office, Dr. Malan and the late Strijdom, towards South African Jewry and the State of Israel and that this policy will be maintained by the government.”

The Board of Deputies delegation consisted of: Edel Horowitz, president; Bernard Ettlinger, vice-president; Namie Philips, chairman, and Gustav Saron, general secretary.