The order of the Foreign Office in Paris, not to prolong the visas held by exiles from Germany, is contrary to the hospitable tradition of France and contradicts the assurances given only last week in official quarters, that Jewish refugees in France need not fear deportation.
This order will affect several thousand Jews who could not return to Germany, for obvious reasons, and who would not be admitted to any other country. The order is especially unjustified when one considers the fact that a large proportion of the Jewish refugees who are now threatened with deportation have already established themselves in France, have developed prosperous business enterprises there and are even giving employment to French citizens.
It would be a great disappointment if the efforts of the existing central Jewish organizations in Paris to prevent mass expulsion of the Jewish refugees in France were not successful. We sincerely believe that the order of the Foreign Office will be modified, if not rescinded.