Admits Greece Erred in Edict Barring Entry
Menu JTA Search

Admits Greece Erred in Edict Barring Entry

Download PDF for this date

The order issued recently by the Greek government restricting the entrance of foreign Jews into Greece, has resulted in damaging Greek business interests, especially the tourist trader, Premier Tsaldaris admitted yesterday when he received a Jewish delegation.

The Premier informed the delegation that this discriminatory order will henceforth be applicable to Jews from Germany and Poland only and not to Jewish travelers from other countries.

Instructions have been issued by the government to the consulates abroad, not to make any difficulties for Jews in issuing them Greek visas. The Greek consuls in Berlin and in Warsaw were, however, ordered not to issue such visas before inquiring at Athens in each case. Exceptions are to be made in the case of German and Polish Jews possessing Palestine visas and desiring to pass through Greece to their destination in Palestine.

Similar orders were also issued today by the Ministry of Interior to the Greek frontier guards. The officers of the frontier police were definitely instructed to admit Jewish travelers whose visas are in order.

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund