LONDON (Jan. 10)
Jewish communities all over the world were called upon to “solemnly commemorate” the 25th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto revolt next April as an inspiring day to inform the younger generation of that tragic and heroic chapter in Jewish history. The call was issued by the governing council of the World Jewish Congress. In a statement at its closing session here today, it cited the Warsaw uprising of 1943 as “the forerunner of and an example for the Jewish people in Israel of the necessity for self reliance in resistance to oppression.”
Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the WJC, warned earlier that Israel’s struggle for peace may prove harder and take longer to achieve than her military victory. He pledged the continued support of Israel by Jewish communities all over the world.
The governing council also heard reports on Negro-Jewish relationships in the United States, the situation in West Germany, and the world-wide repercussions of Gen. de Gaulle’s Nov. 27 press conference. The council expressed satisfaction with French Grand Rabbi Jacob Kaplan’s “dignified response” to Gen. de Gaulle on behalf of French Jewry.
Guests and other speakers at the session were the council chairman, Dr. Joachim Prinz; Dr. William Wexler, president of B’nai B’rith; Herman Edelsberg, director of the B’nai B’rith international council; Alderman Michael Fiddler, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews; Sir Barnett Janner, chairman of the Board’s international affairs committee; Lavy Becker, of the Canadian Jewish Congress; and Yehuda Hellman, secretary-general of the Conference of Major American Jewish Organizations.