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[ THE OLDEST AND MOST WIDELY CIRCULATED JEWISH PUBLIC ATION IN THIS TERRITORY pTIB NO. 6 Hr HAPPENED THIS WEEK Iby MILTON BEOWN, JTA | I * 1 mi M-* if < nur ■ .ii, Ihe mills of the gods . . ” I “The mills of the Gods grind lowly but they grind exceeding Kail,” President Roosevelt this leek told a delegation of Jewish jaders, representing leading fewish organizations including ke B’nai B’rith, American Jew k Committees, Americans Jewish bngress, Synagogue Council, fewish Labor Committee and Un- In of Orthodox Rabhis. The President had been ap paled to by the Jewish leaders i use his offices to prevent the polesale and complete extermin lion of the Jews of Europe, a reject in which the Nazis are pw engaged. The President told ’the delega on that “we are doing every ling possible to determine who e personally guilty” of the mur ;r of the two million Jews in Na occupied Europe. In England, Jews have pro aimed a day of mourning and sting for all the Jews of the Bri sh Empire. The London Times sported that the Nazi radio is •oadcasting the day when each scupied country must be cleared ' Jews. More* and more evidence, says, is reaching the Foreign ffice concerning the Nazi anni lation of the Jews. “The ques on arises,” it concludes, “wheth the Allied Governments can do lything to prevent Hitler’s ireats of exterminating the Jews om being carried out literal > »» Members of the British parlia sent, representing all parties, met iis week and decided to consider lans for definite action after the ritish Government makes an nnouncement of the measures hich it intends to take in con ection with the mass slaughter. Foreign Secretary Anthony den told Parliament that the overnment is “prepared to con fer special representations” to ie United States on facilitating lie rescue of the Jews.” Meanwhile, the reports which ome in do not reveal that Hitler is slowed his pace of extermin ■'n£ a Jewish population of over a lf a million, now has only 40,000 r less. Cracow, another city with vast Jewish population, has on s 6,000 Jews left. In Tarnow, 000 Jews were machine-gunned death at the railroad station. Yes, the Nazis are continuing eir victories. If they cannot m victories on the battle line ny i° n ger, they can still win vic tties over the defenseless Jews i the ghetto. From Switzerland comes the re °rt that the Stuttgart Nazi ewspaper, the “Hakenkreuz Ban er is urging the launching of a am Paign “to prove to the Ger man people that the British air at> icks on the German cities ave nothing to do with the burn !£ down of the synagogues in IOSe cities.” it appears that ttne of the Germans in the Brit >n bombed areas of Cologne, remen, Rostock, Luebeck and 'Ssen are saying that the bomb 'll of their cities is “God’s pun ' ”J ent for the brutal handling i the Jews.” Non-Zionist Rabbis Form Organization PHILADELPHIA (JTA) —The formation of an American Coun cil for Judaism which will “com bat nationalistic and secularistic trends in Jewish life” and will op pose the establshment of a Jewish State in Palestine, was announced here this week by Rabbi Louis Wolsey, provisional chairman of the organization. Emphasizing that the new or ganization “will seek to identify and define the Jews as a member of a religious community and nothing else,” Rabbi Wolsey stated: “We are definitely op posed to a Jewish state, a Jewish flag or a Jewish army. We are interested in developing Palestine as a refuge for persecuted Jews but are opposed to the idea of a political state under Jewish dom ination in Palestine or anywhere else.” Rabbi Elmer Berger of Flint, Mich, will be executive director of the Council which will open headquarters in New York as soon as a charter is issued by New York State. The Council will publish a magazine, will es tablish a lecture bureau and will release tracts on liberal Judaism. -FOUNDER OF NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN, DIES CHICAGO (JTA)—Mrs. Han nah G. Solomon, founder and first president of the National Council of Jewish Women, died here this week at the age of 85. Palestinian Jewish Soldiers In Action JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1942 PRIVATE SERVICES HELD FOR KIRSTIEN BOSTON (JTA)—Private services marked the funeral of Louis E. Kirstien here, while all libraries of the City of Boston, including the Kirstien Library at City Hall, were closed between three and four in the after noon as an expression of mourning for the dead Jew ish leader who'was president of the board of the Boston Public Library. The entire Boston press carried pages of tribute to Mr. Kirstien emphasizing the vital role he played in the community life of the city, especially in the organ ization and development of the Greater Boston Com munity Fund, and the Unit ed War Fund. Many condo lences were received this week by the family, including many from leaders of Jewsih organizations throughout the country. A statement paying trib ute to the leadership of Mr. Kirstien was also issued by William Rosenwald, Rabbi Abba Silver and Rabbi Jo nah B. Wise, .national chair man of the U. J. A. Mr. Kirstien served as honorary chairman of the U. J. S. since its** establishment in 1939. He was also chairman of its allocations committee in 1939. United Nations Asked to Help Stop Murder of Jews Tel Aviv (JPS-Palcor) —The three principal Allied Governments, the United States, Great Britain and Russia, werei called uporttoigive publicly “the clearest declaration to the Nazi government and the German people that retribu tion is inevitable” for their massacre of the Jews, in a speech to the special meeting of the representatives of Mapay (the Jewish Labor Party) by Eliahu Dobkin, whose field of activity in recent years has been largely that of im migration. He admitted that such a warn ing might not influence Hitler, but thought it would perhaps “weigh with German military circles and perhaps far more upon the satelites, Hungary, Rumania and Bulgaria, where hundreds of thousands of Jews still live and cry out for timely help, knowng that they are otherwise faced with the danger of extermination. Wants Improved Atttude Among Poles | In the course of his address, in which he called for large-scale in ternational exchange action that would rescue hundreds of thous ands of Jews from the clutches of .the Nazis, Mr. Dobkin publicly raised the question of the report ed attitude of the Poles inside Po land toward the local Jewish pop ulation. “Our demand of the Polish Government is,” he said, “that it urge the population of Poland to show a more active sympathy to the Jews and to'em ulate the conduct of the Belgians, the Dutch and the French, who have saved thousands of Jews from death.” Mr. Dobkin demanded that neu tral and Allied countries open $2.00 a Year their gates to the survivors, espec ially the children. “We must en deavor to establish contact with the remnants of European Jewry,” he said, “and enlist volunteers from our midst for action in the Diaspora, especially for the rescue of Jews in countries from which their departure is still possible. We must also concentrate on the effort to save hundreds of thous ands of Polish Jewish refugees who are in a desperate plight near the frontiers of Russia and Iran. We must undertake action on behalf of the 400,000 Jews in North Africa including 25,000 ref ugees deported from France for forced labor.” He explained that “one of the direct reactions against the dis aster to our brethren in Europe is our demand to peYmit us to fight Hitler.” An authentic letter from Poland received here by Davar, the Jew ish Labor daily, states: “My peo ’ pie is fatally ill; its hours are numbered.” The letter was sent by a well-known leader in the i Gordonia movement in Poland.