JERUSALEM (Jul. 12)
Scholars from virtually the entire world–including the Soviet bloc, but not from Russia itself–are scheduled to participate here in the Third World Congress of Jewish Scientists, to be held for a week, beginning July 25, it was announced today. President Yitzhak Ben-Zvi is honorary chairman of the Congress.
Delegations are expected from the United States, Latin America, Australia, some Moslem countries, most Western European countries, Yugoslavia, Poland, Hungary, Rumania, and East Germany.
One plenary session will be devoted to lectures on the 2,500th anniversary of the proclamation by King Cyrus of Persia concerning the return of the Jews from their captivity in Babylon. The principal address at that session will be delivered by an Iranian scholar, Prof. Fore-Daud, of the University of Teheran.
Two plenary sessions will be devoted to the history of the Nazi holocaust, and one to the writings of Benjamin of Tudela. The latter was the first medieval traveler to reach the Orient. Starting from Saragosa, Spain, in 1160, he traveled 13 years, visiting nearly 300 places, including Palestine, Persia, India, Aden, Yemen and Egypt. He is believed to have recorded the first writings about the Beni Israel, the ancient Jewish community in India.