France Admits 15 Barred from Latin Lands
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France Admits 15 Barred from Latin Lands

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Exhausted by two months of wandering the high seas aboard the German steamer Cap Norte, 15 German Jewish refugees were permitted to land last night at Boulogne, it was disclosed today by the HIAS-ICA Emigration Association which had interceded in their behalf to avert return to Hamburg and possible commitment to Nazi concentration camps.

The refugees arrived in Paris this afternoon together with a group of the refugees from the German liner St. Louis. They were met at the station by Baron Robert de Rothschild, Paul Baerwald, chairman of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Morris C. Troper, the committee’s European director.

The Cap Norte passengers will be sent on to a neighboring country, while the St. Louis group will proceed to the interior of France. Upon leaving Boulogne, the St. Louis passengers, who were among 907 who found havens in four countries after being barred by Cuba, wired their thanks to Premier Edouard Daladier, Interior Minister Albert Sarraut, Baron de Rothschild, Mr. Troper, and Edward Oungre and James Bernstein of the HIAS-ICA.

The Cap Norte sailed from Hamburg on April 28. Six of 21 passengers were permitted to disembark at Buenos Aires, after Uruguay had refused to admit the group at Montevideo. The ship then attempted vainly to land the passengers at various Latin American countries, until Berlin radioed its captain to return to Hamburg.

According to the French press, there are 1,076 refugees still wandering the high seas aboard various steamers.

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