WASHINGTON (Oct. 8)
Persistent whispering campaigns based on alleged discriminations by British purchasing agencies in this country against the employment of persons of Jewish, German or Irish extraction drew further denials from British Mission officials today.
“There is absolutely no discrimination against anyone on religious grounds and a quick survey of the offices has shown a number of Jews employed as assistants to chief of the general chairman of the Supply Commission and a number of other officials,” a spokesman for the Supply Ministry declared.
He said the commission had made no check of the number of Jews or other racial or religious groups employed by the agencies here as that was regarded as none of the commission’s business. He admitted, however, that it was required that employees, because of the confidential nature of the work, be second generation citizens both British and American. “It’s obvious we cannot take a chance on a person whose parents or close relatives might be subjected to Nazi pressure, but on the other hand it is far from an ironbound rule and it is the absolute limit of any inquiry made into anyone’s racial background,” he declared.