BERLIN (Nov. 2)
Polish and German diplomats began negotiations at four o’clock this afternoon involving the fate of 12,000 Polish Jews dumped by Germany into Poland over the week-end, in fear of their possible denationalization, and 38,000 others still in the Reich.
(Havas News Agency said the conferees, before adjourning until ten A.M. tomorrow, were reported to have reached a provisional agreement, with the Polish negotiators agreeing that Warsaw would recognize the Polish nationality of those Jews affected, while Germany would still reserve the right to expel those deemed undesirable, although not in the forced manner of last week-end.)
The initial meeting was devoted to a preliminary survey. The Polish diplomats were fully informed of the German viewpoint that the expulsions did not constitute a Jewish problem but were merely a question of protecting the Reich against possible augmentation of its already large “stateless” population.
Before the conference opened, informed quarters voiced the belief that Poland would be forced to alter its recent passport regulation, which had allegedly inspired German fears that she was about to denationalize all those who failed, by Oct. 29, to have their visas validated.
With most of the German Foreign Office officials absent in Vienna, the German conferees were headed by Herr Reudiger, head of the foreign office legal department. The Polish delegation included M. Sambowski, of the Foreign Office, M. Sawicki of the Interior Ministry and two members of the Polish Embassy staff. Polish Ambassador Jozef Lipski will be present at the future conferences.
Lacking instructions from Washington, the American Embassy has not intervened in the deportations issue. In a few cases, however, involving Jews with American visas, the American Consulate General has successfully intervened.
Meanwhile, several hundred of 3,000 Jews shifted to the Polish border but later permitted to return, arrived here last night. At one station, the railway officials refused the Jews permission to leave the train without paying fares. The matter was straightened out, however, by intervention of another department.