London (May. 26)
Doubts whether the Jewish situation in Germany has improved were expressed by Sir Austin Chamberlain addressing the House of Commons this afternoon.
“The new German movement with its domestic manifestations shocked both Parliament and the British people,” he declared. “I do not know whether these domestic manifestations have been much qualified since that time. I still feel that the spirit which manifested itself in the proscription of a race within the boundaries of Germany is a spirit, which if allowed to prevail in foreign affairs, would be a menace to the whole world.”
Referring to German threats of war, Sir Austin pointed out that as yet these statements made by Chancellor Hitler’s Nazi colleagues have not been repudiated by any one in authority.
Barnett Janner, Liberal member, took the occasion of this afternoon’s debate in the House to renew the Jewish question, expressing the hope that “Hitler realizes at last that humanity may count for something and that he will return the Jewish people into the German nation once again.
He appealed to the secretary for foreign affairs, Sir John Simon, to realize that the lives of a half million German Jews are at stake, and begged him to exert his full influence to remedy existing difficulties.