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Non-zionists in Germany and Roumania Decide to Join Extended Agency

June 28, 1929
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The German non-Zionists placed themselves on record as being desirous to join the Council of the extended Jewish Agency for Palestine and passed a resolution to delegate seven representavies to that Council, at an impressive gathering held last night at the Krollfest Saal.

The resolution of adherence was passed at the meeting of the special committee of German Jews composed of representatives of various non-Zionist organizations in Germany and of the leading Jewish communities in the country. One hundred and fifty prominent German Jewish leaders, representative of all elements of the Jewish population, attended the session of the special committee. Among those present were presidents of Kehillahs, heads of religious bodies, leaders in industry and commerce, leaders of the youth and 15 members of the administration of the Central Union of German Citizens of the Jewish Faith. Herr Oscar Wassermann, well known banker and member of the Non-Partisan Palestine Survey Commission, presided. Messages from Dr. Chaim Weizmann and Prof. Albert Einstein were read.

Four resolutions adopted by the special committee signified the adherence of German Jewry to the Jewish Agency extension pact. The first resolution expressed the agreement of German Jewish leaders to cooperate with other Jewish bodies in the Jewish Agency for the reconstruction of Palestine as the Jewish National Home in accordance with the definition of the Palestine Mandate. This resolution provided for convening an all-German Jewish conference on Palestine in the near future.

The second resolution provides for the issuance of an appeal to German Jewry to cooperate in the rebuilding of Palestine as the Jewish National Home.

The role played by American Jewry in consummating the plan for the extension of the Jewish Agency was acknowledged in the third resolution to despatch a message of greetings and thanks to Louis Marshall, expressing appreciation for American Jewry’s trail-blazing action. The same resolution authorized the sending of a congratulatory message to Dr. Chaim Weizmann as president of the World Zionist Organization and as the future president of the extended Jewish Agency.

The fourth resolution, introduced by Max Warburg, Hamburg banker and brother of Felix M. Warburg, expressed agreement with the proposal to delegate 7 representatives of German Jewry to the Jewish Agency Council. The delegates named are Oscar Wassermann. Dr. Bernard Kahn. Kommerzienrat Gerson Simon, Rabbi Leo Baeck of Berlin, leader of the B’nai Brith in Germany: Herr Blau, president of the Frankfurt Kehillah, Rabbi Lunna and Herr Asch, member of the City Chamber. Fourteen alternates were named, among them Georg Bernhard, editor-in-chief of the “Vossiche Zeitung,” Willy Dreyfus, banker, Prof. Moritz Sobernheim, Leo Simon, and Berthold Israel.

This action followed the address delivered by Herr Wassermann who declared that the conference marks a memorable event in the history of German Jewry when the German Jewish community unites for Palestine work. He was followed by Max Warburg who delivered an impressive address in which he described his impressions on his recent visit to Palestine and expressed his enthusiasm for the idea of the Palestine upbuilding.

Kurt Blumenfeld, leader of the German Zionists, and Col. Frederick H. Kisch addressed the session in behalf of the Zionist Organization. They discussed the political and economic tasks of the Palestine work under the Jewish Agency.

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