STRASBOURG, France (May. 19)
The treatment of the Jews in the Soviet Union will be brought to the attention of the United Nations, other international bodies and the national parliaments of the 18 nations represented in the Council of Europe in accordance with a series of resolutions adopted here by the Council’s plenary assembly.
The assembly acted on a report prepared by a committee headed by Dr. Bruno Pitterman, former Austrian Vice-Chancellor, which had previously been approved by the assembly’s judiciary and political committees. The report quoted Soviet Jews directly in testimony on discrimination against Jews in the Soviet Union as well as anti-Jewish statements appearing recently in the Soviet press. Members of nine national delegations took the assembly floor to speak on the report and to urge action by the Council of Europe which is a non-official, advisory body seeking the unification of Europe.
Resolutions adopted by the session also called on the Soviet Union and other states of Eastern Europe to end their anti-Semitic propaganda and urged the Soviet Union to grant to the Jews of the Soviet Union the same rights and privileges which are enjoyed by other national minorities.