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Goldmann Gloomy About ‘pardon’ for Germany, Future of Soviet Jewry

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Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the World Zionist Organization, told the opening session of a Jewish Agency executive meeting here today that he could not imagine that the “day of pardon” for Germany would ever come.

He said that he had never advocated the concept of the “other Germany” and that he had been grossly misquoted as so saying at the plenary session of the World Jewish Congress in Brussels last month. He also said that he had been still optimistic some time ago about the future of Soviet Jewry, but that “unfortunately this stand is now changed.”

The executive will meet until September 9 with two important items on its agenda. One is the reorganization of the executive, particularly unification of all departments dealing with immigration and absorption. The other is a program to encourage immigration from Western countries. The executive also is scheduled to approve a draft budget for 1967-68 which will be far less than the current 363,000,000-pound ($121,000,000) budget, with economies slated to be made in all fields of the Agency’s work.

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