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Security for Jews in the Saar as well as for all those who voted against the Nazis in the plebiscite was demanded today by the representative of the French government at a session of the Saar Council Committee of the League of Nations, before the date is fixed on which the League officially is to hand over the Saar to Germany.

No definite assurances were heard from Germany in reply to this demand. The Council Committee therefore postponed its meeting without fixing a date for further discussion of the final conditions under which the transfer of the Saar to Germany takes place. It is expected that a meeting of the Council may be held tomorrow.


Meantime Pierre Laval, French Foreign Minister, left Geneva today allegedly to meet with German negotiators on the French border. Private negotiations between Laval and the German representatives may make it easier for the Council to set a definite date as to when Germany is officially to receive the Saar Basin from the League.

The Secretariat of the League of Nations today received numerous cables from Jewish organizations in various countries asking it to safeguard the Jews of the Saar against Nazi persecutions before officially turning the district over to the Nazi government.

It is expected that Germany will not get the Saar before March 1. However, it was stated here that if an agreement is reached between Laval and the German representatives today on the various guarantees demanded by France, including the safety of the Jews, Germany may obtain the Saar on February 15.

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