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Senator King Urges Congress Lift Immigration Bars for Reich Exiles

January 24, 1936
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Assailing Germany’s treatment of its Jews, Senator William King of Utah in a speech before the Senate today urged that the United States open its doors as a haven to German-Jewish refugees.

Senator King quoted at considerable length from the report recently made by James G. McDonald in resigning as League of Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Declaring that Palestine, which he described as “still semi-arid,” could not support many more German Jews, he stated that “this is a problem we shall have to deal with.”

“One of the ladders on which Hitler climbed to power,” Senator King said, “was his promise to expel Jews from Germany. “Now he has issued edicts to carry out his promises. The properties of Jews have been confiscated; their rights, civil and otherwise, have been taken away.”

He concluded with the plea that “we should not turn our backs on this people of genius.”

Senator King, who is a Mormon, has on many previous occasions spoken on behalf of the German Jews, both in Congress and at public functions.

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