LONDON (Oct. 5)
Organizations, newspapers and prominent individuals initiated action today in behalf of Czech, Jewish and German Democratic refugees from the ceded Sudeten areas of Czechoslovakia.
The Council of Action for Peace and Reconstruction launched an appeal for funds to aid in the settlement of the refugees in new districts. a similar appeal was started by the News-Chronicle, liberal daily, as “practical proof” of the sympathy of the British people. The Council for German Jewry considered the question of assistance to the refugees at a special meeting yesterday.
Establishment of a fund for the relief of Czechoslovakian refugees was proposed by Sir Neill Malcolm, retiring League High Commissioner for Refugees from Germany, John Wheeler-Bennett, of the Royal Institute of international Affairs, and Lord Duncannon. The proposal is contained in a letter to The Times which stresses the “pressing question of the racial, and political minorities in Sudetenland,” and points out that few of the racial, national and political opponents of the Third Reich will remain in the Sudeten if they can escape. Thousands of refugees, the letter asserts, are already living under great privation, which may lead to the outbreak of epidemics.