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Inter-collegiate Christian Conference Condemns European Student Riots

June 21, 1929
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Condemnation of the anti-Jewish outrages committed by Christian students in Eastern European universities was expressed in a resolution adopted by the Intercollegiate Student Christian Conference in session at Eagles Mere, Pa., on June 17. The resolution also recorded the determination of the four hundred and sixty students assembled to combat anti-Jewish feeling in American colleges in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia, representatives of all of which were in attendance.

The resolution resulted from the sectional meeting discussing international relations and studying prejudices, to which word of these occurrences was brought by Francis Miller, secretary of the World Student Christian Federation, with headquarters in Geneva. Mr. Miller came to the Eagles Mere conference from Europe. The seminars are meeting for ten days under the leadership of Bishop Paul Jones, secretary of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and Everett R. Clinchy of the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America.

The resolution adopted read:

“Whereas, word has been brought to us of recent severe attacks upon Jewish students in universities in Posen and Vienna, be it resolved that we, members of the Conference meeting at Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania, of the Student Christian Movement from colleges in New York, Pennsylvania, (Continued on Page 4)

The session was addressed by Rabbi Isaac Landman on the subject, “Christian-Jewish Relations.”

At the instance of Avukah, the American Student Zionist Federation, representatives of Christian and Jewish student organizations have formed an emergency committee on student relations in Central and Eastern Europe.

The committee was formed to inquire into recent anti-Jewish excesses on the part of students in university centers, particularly in Austria, Poland and Roumania. Ray H. Legate, secretary of the Intercollegiate Y. M. C. A., was elected chairman of the committee, and James Waterman Wise, executive director of Avukah, was appointed secretary.

The National Student Federation of America, the National Council of the Y. M. C. A., the World Student Christian Federation, the Intercollegiate Menorah Association, the Fellowship of Youth for Peace and Reconciliation and the American Student Zionist Federation are represented on the committee, which will make an inquiry into the present situation at the universities preparatory to taking action of protest.

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