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Jewish Delegation Adamant in Its Refusal to Join the National Minorities Congress

September 19, 1933
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lowing the German declaration yesterday wrote to President Wilfan that the delegation considered the declaration as destroying every basis for continued Jewish participation since it approved the German dis-assimilation theory, the deprival of Jewish rights and did not condemn the methods utilized in obtaining this.

Today, it was learned, the delegation is submitting to the congress a new declaration that the German minorities groups stand makes continuation of Jewish collaboration impossible and that the delegation will no longer be able to participate in the congress.


“The Jewish delegation watches with sympathy the efforts of the neutrals and their promise to adopt a strong attitude against the withdrawal of Jewish rights. The attitude of the Jewish minorities will depend on further decisions of the congress,” the new declaration states.

The congress opened here yesterday with Leo Motzkin, Dr. Emil Margulies, Dr. Henri Rosmarin and M. Farchi, the Jewish delegation, still negotiating with congress officials regarding their participation.

President Wilfan opened the congress with a strong reference to the German situation which he said had astounded the congress which was overwhelmed by the events in the Reich. The dis-assimilation movement and the demarcation and separation is understandable, he said, but not the declaration of inferiority and the deprival of rights effected there. He emphasized that the congress can deal only with the abstract question that this poses.

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