LONDON (Dec. 25)
A delegation of prominent British Jews, headed by Prof. Selig Brodetsky, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, visited Foreign Seoretary Anthony Eden yesterday and conveyed to him several specific proposals on rescuing Jews in Nazi-occupied lands. At the same time the delegation thanked Mr. Eden for the recent Allied Declaration which condemned the decimation of European Jewry and pledged retribution.
In the Czechoslovakian State Council, Josef David, vice-chairman of the parliament-in-exiile, gave an official report concerning the atrocities committed upon the Jews of Czechoslovakia, warning the Slovaks, particularly, that “everyone who does not abstain from participating in these bestialities will be held responsible for them.” He stated that the “common people of Slovakia, Bohemia and Moravia are raising their voices against the atrocities which have resulted in the deportation of 72,000 Czech Jews and 76,000 Slovak Jews.” Ernst Frischer, only Jewish deputy in the Council, thanked the Czech Government for participating in the Allied declaration and stressed the necessity of action by the neutral countries to save, at least, Jewish children in Hitler-dominated territory.
Influential sections of the British press continue to demand some action on behalf of the Jews of Europe, to implement the Allied declaration. Harold Nicholson, Laborite M.P., writing in the Spectator, urges the British Governmentment “to revise its obstinate policy on refugees.” He suggests that the Government approach the Palestine problem “with greater energy, imagination and unselfishness.” An editorial in the same publication urges that the 5,000 refugees now in Spain and Portugal be evacuated to safety. The New Statesman and Nation demands that the British authorities approach Sweden and Turkey to save the Jewish children, and adds that the British people would welcome efforts by the Home Office to bring the children to England.