LONDON (Mar. 20)
Hopeful that he can eventually have all Jews of occupied Europe deported to Madagascar, Hitler is now backing Japan in its attempt to force the Vichy Government to permit the landing of Japanese forces on the French-administered African island which the Nazis would like to convert into a “reservation” for the Jews of the European continent.
Trustworthy reports reaching here today reveal that the Nazi authorities in Berlin are making every effort to impress the Vichy regime with the necessity of “cooperating” with Japan regarding Madagascar. At the same time, they have suggested to Japan that it “become the instrument for saving the civilization of Europe from the Jewish danger.”
One of Hitler’s suggestions to Japan, the report states, recommends that the 20,000 German-Jewish refugees in Shanghai who fell into Japanese hands, as well as all other Jews in Japanese-occupied territories, be sent to Madagascar “to form the nucleus” for the contemplated Jewish reservation.