British Public Continues to Criticize Results of Bermuda Conference

The British public continues to express dissatisfaction with the outcome of the Bermuda Conference despite the statements in Parliament last week by Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden and Under-Secretary for Home Affairs Osbert Peake.

In an effort to make the public “appreciate the immense difficulties of the problem” of saving the Jews in Nazi Europe, Lord Winterton, chairman of the Inter-Governmental Committee for Refugees, issued a statement today declaring that “the case for the Government was put admirably” by Eden and Peake in their reports to the House of Commons. Lord Winterton admits, however, that these reports “seem to have made no impression” on the minds of church leaders and parliamentarians with whom be has had private talks and who discussed the problem with members of the Cabinet.

H. N. Brailsford, one of Britain’s leading journalists, in an article in Reynolds News yesterday, expressed dissatisfaction with the results of the Bermuda Conference. “The Anglo-American parley in Bermuda was niggardly half-hearted and slow in the face of a tragedy which calls for daring, imagination and resource,” he said. He took issue with the statement made by Peake to the effect that Britain admitted 63,000 refugees in 1940-42. “Most of these men were Dutch and Norwegian seamen and other members of the Allied forces,” he pointed out.

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