BERLIN (Jan. 17)
Consternation was caused here today by Premier Goering’s order regarding returning refugees, particularly since the order states that they will be arrested as soon as they are discovered. It is feared here that these refugees, who have already returned will be affected by the order ordering the arrest of those who engaged in anti-Nazi activity. Many German Jews have recently returned from visits to Palestine and Poland and their passports show their itinerary.
General Goering’s order will undoubtedly prevent many German Jews from going abroad on visits, particularly to Palestine either as tourists or to investigate the possibility of settling there.
The Voelkischer Beobachter, lead- ing Nazi newspaper, goes further than Goering himself in interpreting his order. It insists that any one who left Germany after the advent of Hitler will be considered, under the circmstances, as being responsible for spreading atrocity propaganda.
The Berliner Tageblatt dwells chiefly on the effect of the order on the East European Jews and the staatenlose, people without citizenship in any country. The Tageblatt declares that Goering’s order will make the task of James G. McDonald, High Commissioner for German Refugees, all the more difficult, since Germany’s doors will be closed to those intending to return to Germany and will make the refugees a burden on the counties where they have found temporary haven.