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United Front Sought to Defend Rumanian Jews; Delegations Go to Geneva

January 23, 1938
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Several organizations sought today to reach a united front in defense of the Rumanian Jews and other minorities against the program of Premier Octavian Goga’s cabinet.

Delegations of the World Jewish Congress, the Alliance Israelite Universelle and the Committee for Defense of Jews in Eastern Europe, leaving for Geneva tomorrow to support their petitions on Rumanian submitted to the League of Nations Council, decided to work hand in hand because of the seriousness of the situation. The three deputations will also cooperate with a delegation being sent from London by the Joint Foreign Committee of the Anglo-Jewish Association and the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

The Committee for Defense of Jews in Eastern Europe, whose delegation is headed by Senator Justin Godart, addressed a number of Jewish and non-Jewish organizations in Europe and America, including the American Jewish Committee and the American Jewish Congress, urging them to unite in a fight for the rights of Jews and other minorities threatened in Rumanian and East European countries. The Committee proposed a special conference in Paris in the spring to coordinate the activities of all organizations fighting for the rights of national minorities.

The Committee has submitted to the League a 100-page petition, signed by leading French statesmen and church leaders, requesting the Council to place the case against Rumania before the Hague Tribunal, and meanwhile to take steps to prevent execution of Rumanian anti-Jewish measures.

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