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Laski Urges Jews to Prepare Plan for Peace Conference

December 22, 1940
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Jewish communities the world over must begin without delay to consider the best system of protection for Jewish minorities in Europe after the war, in order to submit agreed demands to the peace conference, Neville Laski, former president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, declared today.

Addressing the quarterly meeting of the Jewish Council of Manchester and Salford Laski welcomed the exiled Polish Government’s declaration of equality, but stressed the necessity of reeducation of the masses of Polish peasantry infected with anti-Semitism.

Regarding Britain, he warned that the problem of anti-Semitism was still immediate, especially where populations had been shifted because of the war. He declared that during the period of change, economic hardship and dislocation after the war anti-Semitism might be serious.

Nathan Laski, chairman of the Council, revealed that after intervention on behalf of the Manchester Jews he had received assurance from Air Secretary Sir Archibald Sinclair that in the future Britishers of foreign parentage would not be excluded from the Royal Air Force.

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