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Holland Brings Issue of Jewish Exiles to League

The Dutch resolution asking the League of Nations to take official cognizance of the problems posed by the existence of large numbers of refugees from Nazi Germany was formally introduced today at the fourteenth session of the League of Nations Assembly by Jonhkeer de Graeff, the Dutch minister of foreign affairs.

The resolution demands international collaboration for a solution of the economic, financial and social problems caused by the refugees and requests the League to consider methods to bring about a practical solution of the problems and to take necessary measures for the execution of these plans.

The Dutch foreign minister emphasized that the resolution does not intend intervention in Germany’s internal affairs but calls only for a solution of the refugee problem.

The Assembly tomorrow will probably decide the place for discussion of their resolution on the agenda and to instruct the second League commission, which deals with technical matters, to study it.

Germany, through its delegation here, is maintaining opposition to the resolution, it is learned.

The name of former president Herbert Hoover is being frequently mentioned here in connection with the proposal that the League appoint a commissioner to supervise and handle the refugee situation. Norman Bentwich, former Palestine attorney general, and Leonard Montefiore, president of the Anglo-Jewish Association, both outstanding British Jewish leaders, have been here several days in behalf of the British Board of Jewish Deputies, to urge the appointment of a League commissioner.

The proposal that Mr. Hoover be invited to accept the post it was learned, was not made by any Jewish representatives who up to this time have concentrated exclusively on getting League action and have but remotely considered the question of personnel, but from certain delegations to the Assembly which are anxious to ensure the appointment of a commissioner to regulate the refugee question.

Whether or not Mr. Hoover has been approached as to whether he would be willing to assume the post could not be learned today. His nomination for the post would receive strong support in view of the prestige his name would lend the position and his past record as administrator of relief activities.

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