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Political and Relief Problems Discussed at Conference of Polish Jews in South America

April 9, 1946
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A four-day Conference of Polish Jews in South America has concluded here after setting up a provisional executive committee to deal with future matters affecting Polish Jews here and abroad and adopting a series of resolutions on political and relief problems.

The conference, which was attended by several hundred delegates from Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay and Peru, was addressed by Dr. Alberto Guani, Vice-president of Uruguay, who described the present situation of the Jews throughout the world as “one of the great injustices in international history.” He expressed hope that a solution of the Palestine problem would be found shortly, and said that the nations of Latin-America would support Jewish aims in the “world organizations for peace.”

The political resolutions of the conference lauded the Polish Government for its decree outlawing anti-Semitism; protested against the “reactionary” forces which are supporting the “Nazi-fascist bands” inside Poland; urged UNRRA and the UN to consider the problems of the Jews of Europe; demanded disbandment of the DP camps and action to facilitate the return to Poland of those desiring to leave; protested against the Palestine White Paper and hailed Jewish achievements in Palestine.

The resolutions on relief declared that the Jewish Central Committee in Warsaw, under the leadership of Dr. Emil Sommerstein, is the recognized representative body of Polish Jewry and all relief should be sent to it; hailed the relief activities of the Joint Distribution Committee and the “political works of the World Jewish congress,” pledged support to both and urged coordination among the two organizations and the World Union of Polish Jews.

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