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World Watching Conference, Says Dr. Prinz; Hospitalized, He Will Not Attend

Dr. Joachim Prinz, chairman of the governing council of the World Jewish Congress, was today hospitalized by illness and will be unable to attend the world conference on Soviet Jewry which he was scheduled to address on Thursday. In a statement issued from his hospital bed, Dr. Prinz said that as one of the sponsoring organizations, the WJCongress hopes “that the gathering will be able to present clearly the true situation of those Jews in the Soviet Union who want to express and preserve their identification with the Jewish people and with Judaism, or who want to emigrate to Israel or other countries to be united with their families. Noting that the problem was a “tragic one” and the struggle for a just, solution is not helped by “exaggerated dramatization,” Dr. Prinz added “We hope that the voice of the Jewish people and of men of good will of every race and religion will be heard, and that the government of the Soviet Union will be responsive to this voice, so that there may speedily be established for the silent Jewish community of the Soviet Union Justice and freedom.”

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