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MUNICH, May 18 (S&S) — Jewish displaced persons from all parts of the U. S. Zone packed the Munich Opera House this afternoon to celebrate the founding of Israel.

From London, Gen. Lucius D. Clay, military governor, sent his greetings and assurance of the Army's continued goodwill and cooperation. He noted that the founding of the state has brought new hope and determination on the part of the Jews to build a home, and expressed pride that the Army has been able to help them during the period of waiting.

His adviser on Jewish affairs, Dr. William Haber, declared that "Allied arms brought you physical freedom, the founding of the state at Tel Aviv brought you real freedom."

A crowd estimated at 4,000 stood to applaud Chaim Weizmann, president of the new state, President Truman for recognizing it, and Clay.

An imposing bronze statue of Theodor Herzl, who first proclaimed the idea of a .Jewish state, was placed high on the platform. Beneath it were the blue and white flag of Israel with a single Star of David and the U. S. Flag. Flanking them were huge pictures of Weizmann and Ben Gurion, prime minister.

Col. George Scithers, EUCOM liaison officer, asserted that, to endure, the new state must have reinforcements and munitions as well as continued goodwill.

"Every one of the Jewish people in Germany can act as an ambassador of Israel to create a feeling of hope and complete understanding for this new country," he said.

Dr. Hayim Hoffmann, director of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, said Jews had been warned against creating a state and that U.S. and Soviet recognition was better news than they expected.

David Treger, chairman of the Central Committee for Liberated Jews which sponsored the rally, stressed that Israel needs arms, munitions and financial help.


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