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World Jewish Congress Delegation Confers with Benes, Masaryk on Jewish Problems

May 2, 1947
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The European conference of the World Jewish Congress proved that Jews from countries with differing political orientations and representing organizations of varying ideologies could unite in “harmonious cooperation,” Dr. N. Barou, chairman of the European Council of the W.J.C., declared yesterday at the concluding session.

Adolph Berman, head of the delegation of the Jewish Central Committee of Poland, declared that the Polish delegation was highly impressed with the work of the Congress and would propose to its organization that it affiliate with the W.J.C. All the delegates agreed that the Jewish problem was worldwide and must be dealt with on a global basis.

A Congress delegation yesterday visited President Eduard Benes who told them that he agreed that it was absolutely essential that 250,000 Jews from the DP camps of Germany and Austria be admitted to Palestine immediately. He also declared that one of the most vital problems facing the world was eradication of all traces of anti-Semitism.

The delegation was received today by Foreign Minister Jan Masaryk who expressed much the same opinions and discussed the Austrian and German peace treaties and the projected International Refugee Organization. The Jews told him that the smaller nations could play an important role in solving the Jewish problem because they were not involved in the major controversies involving the larger powers and were therefore more objective.

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