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French Government Will Permit Jewish Delegation to Attend World Jewish Conference

November 6, 1944
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The French Government will permit four Jewish representatives to go to the United States to attend the War Emergency Conference of the World Jewish Congress, it was learned here today. The delegates will represent the Council of the Jews in France. The conference, which is to open in Atlantic City this month, will be the first international gathering of Jews since the outbreak of the war.

The Council originally named seven delegates, but due to transportation difficulties the number was reduced. The four delegates are: Leon Meiss, president of the Council; Baron Guy de Rothschild, Rabbi Jacob Caplan and the Zionist leader Joseph Fisher, Efforts to secure U.S. visas for them will have to be made by the World Jewish Congress offices in New York.

The Representative Council is the central body which represents all Jewish groups in France. Its delegation will be the first since the liberation of the country to meet with Jewish groups in the United States.

The number of Jews in Paris being assisted by Jewish relief agencies has increased to 17,000, which is 5,000 more than in the early days of the liberation of the city. Jews, who are continuing to return to their homes in Paris, find their apartments stripped bare. All welfare agencies for Jews are now operating through the Comite Central des Osvres Sociales, formed by the Representative Council of the Jews of France. They are all working efficiently, though they are tremendously overtaxed.

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