Saarbruecken (Jan. 1)
With the January 13 plebiscite which will decide the Saar Basin’s future less than two weeks off, adherents to maintenance of the status quo, which would mean continued jurisdiction of the League of Nations over the territory, are predicting a forty per cent vote in favor of this alternative, a special Jewish Telegraphic Agency correspondent learned during a survey of the entire area.
On the basis of this hope they are relying on the Treaty of Versailles provision which would divide the Saar into two portions, one of which would fall under immediate German rule, while the other would continue under League supervision for a stipulated number of years, after which a second plebiscite would be held.
Voters for the third alternative, which would favor handing over the Saar to France, will be insignificant in number, everyone agreed.
All residents of the area, no matter what their attitude toward Nazism, feel that the Saar belongs rightfully to Germany, the correspondent found, but all anti-Hitlerites, of course, fear the Reich of today.
Visitors to the Saar remark that either the Hakenkreuzâ€”Hitler’s swastika emblemâ€”or Germany’s