Reich Press Silent on Mcdonald Letter
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Reich Press Silent on Mcdonald Letter

While the rest of the world was reading about James G. McDonald’s resignation as League of Nations High Commissioner of Refugees, the German public was today kept in ignorance of the development, the entire press carefully refraining from reporting it.

In official quarters, however, particularly in the foreign office, the letter is known to have created consternation. Since the example of the League’s collective action in the Italian-Ethiopian situation is before them, officials are fearful that the League, spurred particularly by France, will act against Germany. France has long been demanding intervention by the League to prevent the flood of refugees from Germany since she has borne the blunt of it from the beginning.

It is not doubted in well-informed quarters here that the League will find legal grounds for intercession on the Jewish persecutions. It is also known that Czechoslovakia has been actively seeking to influence other nations, whose nationals have been hit by the anti-Jewish laws, to lodge suit against Germany before the Hague Tribunal. Once such an action is instituted, it is believed that it may easily lead to League intervention on the general Jewish situation in Germany.

It is held questionable here that Poland would join such a move, since it has been its policy to sacrifice the interests of its Jewish citizens in Germany for the sake of cementing its friendship with Germany.