Australian Leaders Appeal to Churchill to Admit Bulgarian Jews to Palestine

An appeal to Prime Minister Churchill and to Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, asking that Jews from Bulgaria be admitted into Palestine in order to save them from deportation, was cabled from here this week under the signatures of twenty-four prominent Jewish and non-Jewish leaders in civil, religious and educational life in Australia.

“We are deeply concerned over the expulsion of the Jews from Bulgaria,” the appeal read. “We strongly urge their admission into Palestine as the only country now capable and anxious to receive them. Also as the country which is geographically convenient and offers less transport difficulties than any other country. The only alternative is occupied Poland and death. We request the British Government to use its good offices with the Turkish Government to permit their transit. We appeal to you in the name of humanity to help the Jews whose sufferings have shocked the conscience of all freedom-loving people.”

More than $40,000 has been raised in the city of Sydney for the Jewish National Fund, it was announced here today. This is the largest sum ever raised for a Zionist cause in Australia. A campaign for the JNF is now being conducted in other states and cities.

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