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Masaryk Declares Jewish Minority Problems Must Be Solved by United Nations

May 25, 1944
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Jan Masaryk, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of foreign Affairs of the government of Czechoslovakia, speaking at a dinner given in his honor by the Czechoslovak Committee of the United Jewish Appeal tonight at the Hotel Roosevelt, declared it the duty of all the United Nations to deal with the problem of Jewish minorities “thoroughly and for all time.”

“Dr. Benes said, and I agree with him,” Mr. Masaryk stated, “that the Jewish problem is an international one, that Czechoslovakia alone cannot solve it, and that it is the duty of all the United Nations to deal with it thoroughly and for all time. That does not mean, and I am so much surprised that people were found to believe it , that there is going to be any differentiation on religious grounds among the citizens of the future free and democratic Czechoslovakia. Neither Benes nor I would br a part of any such indecency. We are not going to ask, ‘Are you a Jew or a Catholic or a Protestant?'”

Mr. Masaryk urged his listeners — Jewish emigres and descendants of immigrants from Czechoslovakia — to support the relief and rescue activities of the United Jewish Appeal “because only so can you and I face those who stayed behind, if God willing, they are still alive — your fathers, your mothers, your brothers, your children.”

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