NEW YORK (Feb. 10)
A conference of the World Center of European Rabbis here today decided unanimously to ask the West German Government to fix a definite time for the restoration of Jewish cemeteries in Europe ravaged by the Nazis.
Rabbi Moses Rubin, president of the World Center, reported on a visit of a World Center delegation to Germany last year. At that time, the rabbis presented to West German officials a request for such indemnification for an estimated 2, 000 Jewish cemeteries vandalized by special Nazi “cemetery battalions. ” Rabbi Rubin noted that favorable action on the request had been promised by M. Hirsch, president of the Indemnification Committee of the West German Parliament, but that the promise remained unfulfilled.
Rabbi Rubin reported that to support the demand, the rabbis had collected 1, 000, 000 signatures of American Jews whose relatives had been buried in those cemeteries and that the State Department had intervened with West German officials in support of the request.