Berlin (Oct. 3)
“No matter how the League of Nations looks at the Jewish problem, we refuse to discuss the question as international,” is the general feeling here in connection with the discussion before the League’s sixth commission today.
The press carried only Friedrich von Keller’s speech, omitting the critical speeches delivered.
Official circles were vehement in their bitter criticism of the speeches made, particularly of that of Henri Berenger, French representative, which was characterized as “impertinent and insulting in tone and contents.”
The German delegation, the press reports, will reply to M. Berenger and other German critics tomorrow. The press, considering “today, like no other nation ever before, Germany was put to shame and pilloried,” accuses France of being responsible for forcing the Jewish question at Geneva and of desiring to make the Jews a national minority to create the impression that Germany is violating its international obligations.
The German press commented widely on Monday’s debate on Palestine which occurred at the meeting of the sixth commission of the League of Nations at Geneva.
The German papers believe that the debate indicates that the League intends seriously, but tactfully, to deal with the entire Jewish problem. The Voelkischer Beobachter, leading Nazi paper, claimed that Foreign Minister Edouard Benes of Czechoslovakia, Count Raczinski of Poland, and the other delegates who demanded the opening of the doors of Palestine, did so only because their countries also want to get rid of their Jews, just as Germany did.