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League Asked to Probe Anti-jewish Discrimination in Poland and Germany

February 5, 1933
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The League of Nations was requested to investigate Poland’s violation of the rights of its Jewish citizens and Germany’s threats to the peace and safety of its Jewish citizens, in a resolution adopted by the Conference Committee of the National Jewish Women’s Organizations meeting here on Thursday at a peace conference.

The resolution was introduced by Mrs. Estelle M. Sternberger, secretary of the Committee, who declared:

“Though it is the province of the League of Nations to adjust issues that threaten the peaceful relations of governments, the League should also be aroused to the crying need for sending a commission to those countries that have committed flagrant crimes, not against international peace, but against internal peace. United States recalled its ambassador when the Russian government under Czar Nicholas failed to honor the passport of an American citizen of the Jewish faith. The Jews of Poland are essentially the wards of the League of Nations. Why is the League silent as thousands of Jews suffer daily at the hands of Polish mobs? Governments ostracize Soviet Russia for its repudiation of debts contracted under the Czarist regime. Governments associated with the League of Nations are not threatening to ostracize Poland for its repudiation of the rights vouchsafed to the minority peoples when Poland was reconstituted as a separate country, under the treaty of Versailles.

“No nation is threatening to ostracize Germany for its shameful violation of the rights of man and its disturbance of its internal peace, in placing at the helm of its government a leader whose party threatens to crush and abuse the Jews in Germany. The claims of humanity should be equally sacred with the claim of monetary debts, in international relations.”

Reports were presented by the following, for their respective organizations:

Mrs. Samuel Kubie of New York City, for the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods; Mrs. Jules Hart of Yonkers, N. Y., and Mrs. Benjamin Marvin of Jamaica, N. Y., for the National Council of Jewish Women; Mrs. Nathan Kussy of Newark, N. J., for the Women’s League of the United Synagogue of America; Mrs. Saul Godwin of New York City, for the Women’s Branch of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, and Mrs. Albert Wald of New York City, for the Hadassah.

A feature of the Conference was a display of the Peace publications of the various organizations and a special display of Peace stamps and posters, arranged by World Peaceways, Inc., of New York City.

The officers of the Conference Committee of National Jewish Women’s Organizations are Mrs. Maurice Steinfeld of St. Louis, Chairman; Mrs. Robert Szold of Pelham Manor, N. Y., Vice-Chairman; and Estelle M. Sternberger of New York City, Secretary.

At the Annual Meeting of the Brooklyn Jewish Center, Joseph M. Schwartz was elected the new President of the institution, succeeding Isidor Fine, who held the office for the past four years.The officers elected besides Mr. Schwartz are: Henry Seinfel. First Vice-President; Hyman Aaron, Second Vice-President; Henry Gold, Secretary, and Fred Kronish, Treasurer.

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