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3 Experts, 2 of Them Jews, Named by Poland for Madagascar Probe

The Polish Government has invited three colonization experts, two of them Jews, to make an expedition to the French island colony of Madagascar to investigate possibilities for Jewish settlement offered by the French Government, it was learned today.

The Jewish experts were invited to join the expedition in a personal capacity and not as representatives of any organizations, it was learned. The Government had invited Jewish organizations to participate in the investigation, but they were evidently reluctant to commit themselves by joining it.

The French Colonial Ministry has offered Jews limited possibilities for colonization on the island off the southeast coast of Africa. While agitation has been going on for some time in Polish government circles for Jewish emigration to overseas territories, Jewish organizations have objected to Jews being singled out by the Government for emigration.

The investigating commission understood to have been chosen by the Polish Government includes:

Solomon Dyk, who, before the accession of Chancellor Hitler in Germany, was active in promoting Jewish agriculture in the Reich;

Loon Alter, director in Poland of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society of New York and director before the war of the Immigration Department of the Jewish Colonization Association in Poland. He is taking a six months’ leave of absence from his office.

Major B. Lepecki of the Polish army, world traveler and author of many travel books.

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