Berlin (May. 27)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
A plea that the rights of national minorities be respected by the majority populations in European states was made in the address of M. Aukard, at the plenary session of the International Union of League of Nations Societies which was opened here today.
M. Dizengoff, former mayor of Tel Aviv, the representative of the Palestine League of Nations Society, was chosen a member of the conference praesidium.
A preliminary to the expected discussion on the Roumanian Jewish situation took place yesterday at the meeting of the Union’s committee on national minorities. At this meeting. M. Droysen submitted a memorandum in which the martyrdom of Roumanian Jews was described. Another memorandum reiuting the chargrs against Roumania was submitted by the Roumanian League of Nations Society.
A resolution which was introduced on the question, urging the Roumanian Jewish situation on the attention of the League, was discussed. It was supported by Mr. Dizengoff, who stated that the resolution is in accord with the duty resting on the Council of the League of Nations to provide protection for the national minorities.
Mr. Dizengoff was opposed by M. Pangreti, rector of the University of Bucharest. who repeated the old anti-Semitic charges. The Roumanian Jews, he said, are conspiring with the enemies of Roumania. The Jews in Roumania are, nevertheless, he stated given equal rights with other citizens. The Jews are not mistreated in Roumania. As proof of this he quoted the alleged statements of Rabbi Niemirower in his famous address in the Roumanian Senate and the alleged statement of Dr. Victor Jacobson, a representative of the World Zionist Organization, who recently visited Roumania. The debate on the question will be continued at tomorrow’s meeting of the committee.
The address of Rabbi Niemirower in the Roumanian Senate on Feb. 1. which is referred to in this report, called forth many denials and contradictions. The claim was made that the official Roumanian news agency misquoted the rabbi’s address in order to counteract the effect of the anti-Jewish excesses.