LONDON (Dec. 28)
The serious impairment of German-American relations following the rejection of Berlin’s protest against Secretary of Interior Harold L. Ickes’ speech will not affect plans for the visit to Berlin of George Publee, director of the Inter-governmental Refugee Bureau, to negotiate on emigration plans, it was learned today.
Official circles declared that discussions on the date of the visit were still proceeding and there had been no official intimation from the Reich capital of any change in the situation since the visit to London two weeks ago of Dr. Hjalmar Schacht, president of the Reichssank, to offer a scheme of emigration linked to increased German exports.
Although Mr. Rublee is an American citizen, it was pointed out, his visit to Berlin will be not as an American representative, but as the negotiating official of the intergovernmental committee.
While it is denied that Mr. Rublee intends to submit a definite emigration plan drawn up by the committee’s experts, the possibility that such a plan will be submitted at a later stage is not discounted. No date has been set for the plenary meeting of the committee, which will not be fixed until Mr. Rublee is able to report on the negotiations with Germany.
Dr. Schacht will visit Denmark, among other countries, next month to discuss Jewish emigration with the Danish Government, it was reported here today.
An agreement with the Reichssank extending to Sudetenland the arrangement for the sending of Jewish benevolent remittances through the so-called Haavaramarks was announced by the local office of Haavara. Meanwhile, the Earl Baldwin Fund for Refugees passed the $1,250,000 mark.