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Urge Autonomous League Body to Aid Refugees

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Establishment of an autonomous agency under direction of an outstanding person to give refugees from Germany the protection of the League of Nations was today urged upon a League committee of experts by Dr. Bernhard Kahn, European director of the American Joint Distribution Committee, and Otto Schiff, British Jewish leader.

Speaking on behalf of twelve international Jewish relief organizations, representatives of which are holding a conference here on the refugee problem, the two leaders stressed the need to prepare for large emigration from Germany because of the discriminatory laws.

Their recommendations to the committee, which will continue its deliberations until Dec. 5, include the following:

Adoption by the League of a relief program for refugees stranded in European countries.

League aid in the settlement of future refugees.

Investigation by the League of the possibility of transferring Jewish capital from Germany.

Dr. Kahn, describing the plight of refugees now living in various countries of Europe, urged the League to exert a special effort to influence foreign countries to open their gates to refugee immigration. He also suggested that legal and social protection be organized for refugees by the governments of the countries concerned and that generally a more liberal attitude be adopted by those governments toward the refugees.

Dr. Kahn asked the League to prevail upon the German Government to permit an organized rather than a chaotic emigration of Jews from the Reich.

Emphasizing the importance of the problem of transferring Jewish capital from Germany, Mr. Schiff urged that the League investigate this angle of the problem.

Louis Oungre, representative of the Jewish Colonization Association, discussed before the committee the possibilities of settling refugees in South America, where that organization has undertaken to place refugees on the land.

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