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W.j.c. Invites Soviet Jewish Communities to Stockholm Conference

Dr. Nahum Goldmann, as president of the World Jewish Congress, has invited the leading Jewish religious communities of the Soviet Union, b representing the only existing form of organized Jewish life, to send observers to the forthcoming WJC Plenary Assembly in Stockholm this August, it was announced here today by Dr. Maurice Perlsweie, director of the International Affairs Department of the WJC.

“It is premature to predict what will be the outcome of our initiative,” Dr. Parlawe. I said, “but whatever the result, it must be regarded as an incident in a continuing policy which demands the exercise d patience and unwearying diplomacy. ” He emphasized that it was a permanent element in the policy of Congress to seek to bring the Jewish communities of the Soviet bloc back into active participation in the life and work A world Jewry.

Stating that the communities of Yugoslavia and Hungary were both affiliates of the Congress and that the representative body of Polish Jewry had sent observers to participate in last July’s WJC executive meeting in Geneva, Dr. Perlzweig said, “the Congress will continue to seek the adhesion of other Jewish communities in the countries of the Soviet bloc.”

The problem of Soviet Jewry, be went on, was more difficult one because there existed no central Jewish representative body, whether on a religious or cultural basis. Nevertheless, the leadership of Congress had from the beginning sought to secure representation from that Jewry, and the latest step consisted of the invitations to attend tie Stockholm sessions.

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