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Jewish Representation in United Nations’ Councils Demanded

August 9, 1944
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A demand that Jews be given a place in the councils of the United Nations when their interests are involved was voiced today by Senator Elbert D. Thomas of Utah speaking from Washington to the second national conference of the Emergency Committee to Save the Jewish People of Europe, held at Hotel Commodore.

The senator estimated that thirty-five percent of the total Jewish population of Europe has been massacred by the Germans. “Let the representatives of a people who have lost more than one-third of their population in this war, participate in the settlement of the peace and in the planning of a better world in which their nation too can live in freedom,” he appealed.

Carlos Davila, former Rumanian Minister to the United States, addressing the conference said that the fate of European Jews cannot be divorced from the fate of all democracy.

“If a democratic revolution takes place in all European countries, there will be no more discrimination than there is in the United States,” he said. “Social discrimination may continue for a while, but there, as here, the spreading of real democracy will gradually wipe out racial and religious differences.

“I consider it a point of honor for the democrats in my country not only to restore to the Jews all civil, economic and political rights, but to see to it that they will be indemnified for all their losses, and that the responsible perpetrators will be punished. But this must be done by ourselves, the Rumanian people, as a debt of honor to our Jewish brethren.”

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