Unrra Dismisses Morgan After He Refuses to Resign; Disavows His Remarks

The regional office of UNRRA here reported late today that Lieut. Gen. Sir Frederick Morgan has been dismissed as chief of UNRRA operations in Germany because of his statement concerning the emigration of Jews from Poland.

Earlier in the day UNRRA had issued a statement, here and in Washington disassociating the agency from the views expressed by Gen. Morgan and disclosing that his resignation had been requested. The announcement of his dismissal followed his rejection of the demand that he resign.

The full text of the statement reads as follows:

“Consequent on a press conference given by General Morgan at Frankfurt on Wednesday Jan. 2nd, the UNRRA has felt obliged to call for his resignation. Irrespective of any further clarification of the statement made or attributed to General Morgan, issues outside the scope of UNRRA were raised at the press conference and the administration must therefore be completely disassociated from any views expressed by General Morgan on these issues.

“The results of these statements and the interpretation which has been placed upon them are such as to make it difficult if not impossible for General Morgan to serve the administration effectively. The administration has reached this decision with deep regret in view of the valuable services already rendered by General Morgan to the displaced persons operations in Germany and because of his close personal concern for the welfare of all persecuted people, including Jews who have suffered greatly and are in need of further help.”

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