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Jewish Exiles Need New Opportunities, Bernhard Points out

May 28, 1933
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Former Editor of the Vossische Zeitung, the famous German newspaper, who is one of the exiles. He is now resident in Paris.

The Jewish problem in Germany has developed into an international question. The Jews living in Germany are to be afforded possibilities of making a living only in proportion to the percentage they constitute of the entire population. The German Jews have been excluded from the general national community and have been made a national minority.

A member of the National Socialist Party whom the new Government made the Chief of Police at Breslau, began his activities in that city by relieving every Jew of his passport. This example has been emulated in other cities.

But at least 50,000 Jews have already turned their backs on Germany.

Some of them were forced to leave the country in order to save their lives from the brutality of the Hitlerite troops, whilst others have emigrated from Germany because they refused to continue living in a country that is opposed to granting them equal treatment as citizens. Their number, in all probability, will rapidly swell in the future.

Every nation whose protection these fugitives sought has given an example of real human feeling. They have thrown open their frontiers and occasionally closed both eyes to passports that failed to conform to official regulation.

But what does the future hold for these emigrants?


In every country committees have been collecting funds. Such necessary relief must be gratefully accepted, for many had to leave their homes at a minute’s notice. But obviously the fortunes of these Jews cannot be made up of alms. They must be provided with work.

An estimate of the number that has already, and is likely to, emigrate in the future should therefore be placed at no more than 150,000, or say 200,000 at the very outside. The nations, especially those with colonial possessions, should come together to determine how many people, and of what type, they can somehow accommodate.

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