Bermuda Conferees Rule out Large-scale Rescue of Nazi Victims

Large-scale rescue of persecuted persons in Nazi-held territory was completely ruled out today by the heads of the American and British delegations to the Bermuda Conference on Refugees in statements at a press conference here.

Dr. Harold W. Dodds, head of the American delegation, and Richard K. Law, head of the British delegation, emphasized that it is out of the question to discuss at the present time taking out large numbers of people from Nazi countries. They added that efforts will be made, however, to find a haven of refuge for as many individuals as possible.

The fact that Senator Scott Lucas of Illinois, one of the three American delegates to the Conference, is still in the United States, unable to leave the country because of illness, is preventing the conference from getting into full swing since the American delegation is not complete, it was stated here today.

The work of the parley since its opening on Monday has been principally one of analysis and of trying to establish a “pattern,” Dr. Dodds declared today. “We are getting into the heart of the refugee problem, trying to decide what is practicable,” he said, adding that progress in this direction is being made, but that it must be borne in mind that “winning the war is the greatest humanitarian effort.”

Mr. Law reiterated at a press conference today that the British Government “will not go beyond the white Paper” in admitting refugees to Palestine.

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