LONDON (Jun. 22)
The British Government was urged in the House of Commons today to persuade the refugee-aid conference opening in Evian, France, on July 6 to approach Germany for modification of persecution. Arthur Henderson, laborite, pleaded that the british representatives go to Evian with the intention of doing everything possible to relieve the terrible plight of Jewish refugees.
The British representatives to the conference, it was announced today , are Earl Winterton, former under-secretary for india, and Charles M. Palairet, former Minister to Sweden.
“The treatment of the Jews in Germany has sent a feeling of horror throughout civilization,” Mr. Henderson declared. “It seems to me that the germans are animated by a kind of sadism run mad.”
Meanwhile, Richard A. butler, parliamentary under-secretary of foreign Affairs, replying to a debate on the foreign office vote, said the british government had decided that Jewish interests might best be protected through action designed to secure the narrowest possible application of the Reich decree for registration of Jewish property where british Jews were concerned.
British ambassador sir Nevile Henderson has been instructed to inform the german government that the british government has formally claimed the right to extend diplomatic protection to british subjects who are regarded under german laws as Jews and are deprived of liberty of property under the decree, Mr. butler stated.
The laborite daily herald said in an editorial today: “Not content to isolate the Jews in economic and political life, the german government is determined that they shall suffer everything causing human pain. The only service the world can render the Jews is to help them get out of Germany as quickly as possible.”