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Writer Doubts France’s Value to Reich Exiles

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German Jewish refugee settlement in France is doomed to failure because the refugees are not adapted to the individualistic character of the country, declared Raymond Raoul Lambert in an article entitled, “The Future of German Emigrants and French Opinion,” published in L’Universe Israelite.

“If the French government and French relief organizations stressed the phrase ‘transit station’ in regard to the stay of the migrants in France, it was because they desired to leave room in the country for the refugees of tomorrow,” M. Lambert stated.

“The fact that High Commissioner for German refugees James G. McDonald has not yet succeeded in opening a single new frontier for the refugees makes the problem more tragic and complicated.

“There can be no addition to the number of German political refugees who have been issued employment cards. Under present conditions emigration en masse is no longer possible.

“Prospective refugees from the Saar region will have to be protected and assisted on the spot, for emigration to France will under no condition be able to provide them with a means of livelihood.

“All attempts at colonization in France or the formation of refugee settlement groups must fail,” M. Lambert said. The emigrants are not adapted to the individualistic character of the French people.

“French Jewry has generously helped the refugees. Their first response must be to forget the herd mentality, the urge to organize in groups which issue proclamations. The refugees must help themselves by trying to understand the ways of life in this country. French Jewry will continue to stand by their side.”

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