Ponder Fate of Minority Unit in Saar
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Ponder Fate of Minority Unit in Saar

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The eyes of the Jews in the Saar are turned today towards Geneva, where the special meeting of the League of Nations Assembly will open tomorrow to discuss the fate of the national minorities after the Saar plebiscite next January.

The question of how to secure equal rights for the Jews in the Saar if the region is returned to Germany will be one of the main subjects discussed at the League”s session. In connection with this discussion, James G. McDonald, High Commissioner for Refugees from Germany, arrived here yesterday. Geoffrey Knox, High Commissioner for the Saar region, is now also in Geneva.

Commenting on the Jewish question of the Saar, Mr. Knox stated to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the situation of the Jews in this region is going to be quite serious if the plebiscite will revert the Saar to Germany.

“I do not believe that there will be any anti-Jewish pogroms,” Mr. Knox stated. “Such pogroms have not taken place even in Germany. But I believe that the Jews in the Saar are on the eve of serious events. The Jews will no doubt be boycotted and discriminated against if the Saar becomes a part of Germany.


“As far as I am concerned,” Mr. Knox continued, “I shall see to it that the plebiscite passes without any incident. I have made a thorough study of the Jewish question in the Saar. I have taken every measure possible against the anti-Semitic propaganda there. I have ordered the confiscation of all newspapers spreading anti-Jewish incitement. I have prohibited the

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