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Masaryk Says Benes Plan to Exchange Minorities is Not Meant to Affect Jews

Dr Jan Masaryk, Foreign Minister of the Czechoslovakian government-in-exile, today informed the Yiddish Scientific Institute here that the article by President Benes in the January issue of Foreign Affairs, urging the compulsory exchange of minority populations in post-war Czechoslovakia is not directed against the Jewish minority.

“It has been my honor and pleasure to work for Benes for the last twenty-five years and I know that when he speaks of “exchange of populations” he means that within the realms of possibilities we must – after this war – try to get rid of some of the Germans around the frontiers of Germany who have never been much good to us and I do not think they will be a great addition to Germany. Naturally – there are some decent people among them. We will find who is who when the war is over,” Dr. Masaryk stated.