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Dr. Goldmann to U Thant: Despite Shortcomings UN Remains Best Hope for Progress

Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the World Jewish Congress, has written to United Nations Secretary General U Thant that “despite inevitable shortcomings which have prevented the world body from resolving many of the conflicts which still beset mankind, the United Nations remains mankind’s best hope for progress through international cooperation towards a better and more peaceful world.” Dr. Goldmann wrote that “The Jewish people throughout the world has special cause to join in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the United Nations.” since “it was the historic resolution of November, 1947, which gave international sanction to the establishment of the State of Israel,” fulfilling Jews’ “age-old aspirations.” In addition, Dr. Goldmann observed, “the cause of human rights, which inspired the creation of the United Nations and in which the Jewish people has always been deeply involved, has been notably forwarded in many areas through declarations and conventions adopted and sponsored by the United Nations.”