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Laski Urges Action Now to Rescue Jews

The noted economist, Harold Laski, writing today in the London Daily Herald, organ of the British Labor Party, asks President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill for “a policy of action which will light the flame of hope in those Jewish hearts which now see no future save the choice between the mercy of a swift death and torture which brings release more slowly.” Laski stresses that he asks action on behalf of the Jews, not for what they can contribute to Britain and America, but “on the ground that a nation which does not act against the commission of a monstrous wrong becomes an accomplice in its infliction. After all, that is the outstanding lesson of the policy of appeasement.”

Foreign Secretary Eden’s statement condemning the Nazi treatment of the Jews is but a “peroration,” Laski writes, emphasizing that a more definite program of aid for the Jewish people in German-controlled nations is needed in face of the fact that the immigration laws of both the United States and Great Britain remain unchanged. The article ends with on appeal to the United Nations to act immediately to save the Jewish victims of Hitler.

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