Mrs. Meir Accorded Enthusiastic Welcome During Helsinki Visit

Finland’s Jewish community, which numbers only 1,300, gave Premier Golda Meir of Israel an enthusiastic welcome when she visited Helsinki last week, according to S. Levenberg, British representative of the Jewish Agency and chairman of the World Jewish Congress’ international affairs commission. Levenberg was in the Finnish capital as a Labor Zionist delegate to the conference of the Socialist International which was addressed by Mrs. Meir, He reported on his return here that the Israeli leader was one of the “centers of attraction” at the conference and at various official functions. She addressed representatives of the Jewish community in Yiddish and English at a reception in her honor. Levenberg said the Finnish press devoted a great deal of space to Mrs. Meir’s visit despite Finland’s “special position” vis-a-vis the Soviet Union.

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