London (Jan. 14)
The British Government will soon make a statement in Parliament regarding the admittance into Britain of Jewish refugees escaping from Nazi-held countries, it is reported in the press here today. The report says that at present the Government is considering the question of whether or not to place any limit on the number of people to be admitted.
An appeal to all Poles forming the Polish Government-in-Exile “to shake off the millstone of past mistakes” in order to gain confidence of both the Polish people and the Allied Nations in the future, is published prominently in the Wiadomocie Polskie, which was formerly the organ of the Polish Ministry of Propaganda. The article is directed to the members of the government who are still displaying anti-Jewish prejudices.
Pointing out that anti-Semitic propaganda hindered the development of pre-war Poland, the article says that the world has not forgotten the anti-Jewish campaign started by certain sections of the Poles soon after Poland gained its independence in the last war. It urges Polish leaders “not to repeat the mistakes of the past.” The article concludes: “Our Government of today has issued more declarations about the Jews than, say, the Dutch or the Norwegian governments. Yet nobody on that account censures the Dutch or the Norwegians for their attitude towards the Jews half as much as people blame us. This is all because of our past mistakes.”