Paris (Feb. 3)
Judge Leon Meiss, president of the GRIF, central representative body of the Jews in France, was today elected chairman of the Jewish Consistory which directs Jewish religious life in this country.
In a statement to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Judge Meiss said that the Consistory will help all Jews, even French, to emigrate to Palestine if they wish it. He expressed his opposition to the White Paper and his support of free Jewish immigration to Palestine. He favored the granting of political status to Jews as such, providing that Jews in France remain French and do not have to choose between French and Palestinian citizenship.
Judge Meiss who just returned from Nuremberg where he assisted the French prosecution at the Allied War Crimes trial said that while in Germany he visited the training center for Jewish youths established on Julius Streicher’s former estate and was greatly impressed by the spirit of the Jewish boys and girls who are waiting to go to Palestine.