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Bartley Crum Dead; Was Member of Inquiry Committee on Palestine

Bartley C. Crum, who was appointed in 1945 by President Truman as a member of the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry in Palestine–which recommended in 1946 the admission of 100,000 European Jewish refugees to Palestine–died of a heart attack at his home here last night. He was 59.

Mr. Crum, who had also been publisher of the defunct New York Star, wrote a widely-read book, “Behind the Silken Curtain,” on his findings as a member of the inquiry commission. He became active in Zionist causes and was a frequent speaker at Zionist meetings. He served as president of Americans for Haganah.

Mr. Crum carried on a vigorous battle, separately from other members of the Truman Commission, against the temporizing by the British Government of Prime Minister Clement Attlee over the Commission’s recommendation for the immediate admission of the refugees. He also demanded the arrest and indictment of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem as a war criminal.

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