London (Jan. 4)
The British press today severely criticizes Gen. Morgan for his statement on the Jewish refugees from Poland.
The Manchester Guardian says that Morgan’s allegations are “at best childish talk and at worst an echo of Hitler’s ravings.” The paper calls for sympathy for the Jewish survivors from Poland and says that they cannot be considered criminals just because they wish to proceed to Palestine. “The Jews,” the article points out, “have been abominably treated by Europe; why should they be blamed for trying to leave it?”
The Evening Standard says in an editorial that “to accuse the wretched Jewish survivors of a conspiracy is defiance of reason.” It emphasizes that Jews have suffered more than any other people in the world. “They need sympathy, help and sure guidance that will lead them out of the land of bondage never to be enslaved again,” the paper says.
The News-Chronicle publishes an article by its Berlin correspondent refuting Morgan’s statement that there is no concrete evidence of recent programs in Poland. “Before leaving for Warsaw, I saw hundreds of Jewish refugees who upon reaching Berlin gave eye-witness accounts of the persecution which drove them out of Poland. When I was in Warsaw, I repeated their accounts to the British Consul who confirmed them in every particular. While I was with him, he received news of three more murders of Jews in Lodz. The Polish Prime Minister, when I saw him, admitted anti-Jewish persecution, but claimed that it is now diminishing.