Athens (Aug. 27)
Expressing regret that Jews were emigrating from Salonica owing to the economic crisis and declaring that the Greek government was well disposed towards the Jews, Under-Secretary of State Rhodopolus in a press conference today termed the Salonica Jews necessary for the development of the city.
“I regret greatly that Jews are emigrating from Salonica owing to the economic crisis, but I hope that their departure will soon be discontinued,” he declared.
“The Jews are a necessary and important factor in the development of Salonica and they have an interest in living there. The government is well disposed toward the Jews and is ready to hear their justified wishes. I personally am a sincere friend of the Jews, whom I know closely. I have no feeling save that of sympathy for them,” the Greek official concluded.