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8,000 Refugees Urged to Return to Sudeten; Runciman Observer to Study Jewish Position

Jewish leaders were making every effort today to persuade 8,000 panic-stricken Jewish refugees who had poured into this city during the night by automobile and train from all Sudeten German centers to return to their homes, with the assurance that law and order had been restored by the authorities.

A special observer to study the Jewish problem in the Sudeten districts is expected to be dispatched by the Runciman mission as a result of an interview yesterday between a delegation from Sudeten Jewish communities and R.J. Stopford, of Lord Runciman’s staff.

Receiving the delegation in Lord Runciman’s name, Mr. Stopford accepted a memorandum describing the plight of the Sudeten area’s 22,000 Jews and demanding a guarantee for maintenance of Jewish minority rights in the event of a change in the area’s status. The delegation, headed by Dr. Emil Margulies, a prominent Zionist leader and former chairman of the Jewish Party of Czechoslovakia, asked that an observer be sent to examine the Jewish position. Mr. Stopford promised friendly consideration of the memorandum and compliance with other demands.