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Jewish Leaders at San Francisco Say V-e Day Spurs Need for Rehabilitation of Europe’s Jews

May 8, 1945
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Expressing their elation over Germany’s surrender, leaders of central Jewish organizations who are here in connection with the San Francisco Conference emphasized today that the complete defeat of Nazism imposed a special obligation on the Jews of the democratic countries to secure a speedy re- building of Jewish life in devastated Europe and to enable immigration to Palestine of those surviving Jews who may wish to go there.

The Jewish leaders here feel that a great deal has been accomplished by securing the amendment of the Big Four recommending to the General Assembly the establishment of a Commission on Human Rights to promote human rights and fundamental freedoms. This commission is going to play a very important role as far as Jewish post-war activities are concerned since it is through this commission that the Jewish bodies will work in securing the speedy re-establishment of Jewish rights in all countries and in protecting these rights for the future.

The dramatic story of how the Big Four were convinced of the necessity of offering a joint amendment to the Dumbarton Oaks proposals cannot be told as yet. It will make a very impressive chapter in the record of what representatives of Jewish organizations accomplishel at San Francisco.

It can, however, be revealed that Judge Joseph M. Proskaner and Jacob Blaustein played an outstanding role in mobilizing all consultants of the civic groups for the purpose of eliminating the difficulties which were placed in the way of the amendment by some members of the United States delegation.

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