The Jews in America, England and other countries not affected by the anti-Semitic wave will very soon be faced with the problem of how to organize emigration of Jews from Germany on a large scale.
If there was any hope that the situation of the Jews in Germany might improve, this hope has proved to be an illusion, with the interpretation given yesterday by the German authorities that the Jews are only inhabitants of Germany, but not citizens.
A FORCED EMIGRATION
It seems very definite now that the Hitler cabinet has made up its mind simply to tolerate the Jews but not to permit them ever to regain their previous status of citizenship. Unable to drive all the Jews out of Germany at once the Nazi cabinet is conducting a policy of forcing them out of the country in smaller groups.
A new wave of emigration from Germany, resembling that which took place during the first few months of the Nazi regime, can therefore be expected again in the next few months. German Jews who have made up their minds never to leave the country and to remain in Germany under all circumstances will undoubtedly change their minds now that their loyalty and patriotism have been definitely rejected.
BIDJAN AND SOUTH AMERICA
The problem before world Jewry is, therefore, to prepare and to see that the renewed emigration from Germany assumes an organized character. Countries must be found for the prospective emigrants and means must be provided for settling them in these countries.
It will therefore be of great interest to hear weather Dr. Lwowitch, ORT leader, who is now in Moscow negotiating with the Soviet government for admittance of foreign Jews to Biro-Bidjan, has succeeded in these negotiations. Similarly, the Jews all over the world will now more eagerly than ever before look for a report from James G. McDonald concerning his trip to South American countries in a search for territories for Jewish refugees.
A FUND IN CREATION
The problem of financing Jewish emigration from Germany on a large scale is now being considered in certain Jewish circles in America in a quiet way. A fund of several millions of dollars probably will be created without any publicity or public contributions. This will be one of the major relief activities of American Jewry, and will be completed without any campaigning for funds, and with no drives.
Depending upon the negotiations now being carried on by Mr. McDonald in South America and by Dr. Lwowitch in Moscow, this fund will be utilized chiefly for those territories on which Jewish refugees can be settled best and in the easiest fashion.
The details on this projected fund for Jewish emigration will not be made public for several months to come. The present renewed pressure against the Jews in Germany shows, however, how farsighted were those who are interested in creating this fund.