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3,000 Displaced Jews Jam Munich Auditorium to Hail Establishment of Jewish State

December 3, 1947
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More than 3,000 displaced Jews from camps surrounding Munich today crowded into the Prinz Regenten Opera House to celebrate the United Nations decision to set up a Jewish State. They heard representatives of the military government, International Refugee Organization and various Jewish organizations, including the Central Committee of Jews of Germany, which called the rally, hail the new state and urge world Jewry to unite in its support.

The Revisionists, however, maintained a strict boycott of the meeting and all festivities in connection with the U.N. decision. Their action followed a zone-wide conference last night during which the Revisionist leadership condemned the partition decision and promised “to continue the struggle” for a larger Palestine.

Judge Louis E. Levinthal told the overflow crowd that until now the displaced Jews were able to blame “outside forces” for most of their troubles. They were now on their own and would be responsible for their failure or success in the new state. Levinthal’s statements were echoed by Col. George Scithers, military liaison officer; Chaim Hoffman, Jewish Agency director in Germany; Charles Passman, Joint Distribution Committee director in Germany; Dr. Philip Auerbach, Bavarian Commissioner for Persecutees; and David Treger, chairman of the Central Committee.

About 7,000 wildly cheering DP’s sang and danced in Belzen as celebrations continued among Jews in the British zone of Germany, again with the Revisionists abstaining. A mass meeting of 2,000 persons was addressed by Jewish Agency and DP leaders.

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