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Optimistic on Madagascar, Polish Investigator Reveals

September 26, 1937
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A GENERALLY OPTIMISTIC IMPRESSION OF MADAGASCAR, FRENCH-OWNED ISLAND OFF THE EAST COAST OF SOUTH AFRICA, WAS CONVEYED TODAY BY MAJOR LEPECKI, HEAD OF A THREE-MAN GOVERNMENT COMMISSION SENT THERE RECENTLY TO SURVEY IMMIGRATION POSSIBILITIES.

THE ISLAND, MAJOR LEPECKI SAID, IS FERTILE AND RICH IN MINERALS. IT IS SPARSELY INHABITED AND THE POPULATION IS PEACEFUL AND WELL-DISPOSED TOWARDS WHITES, HE ADDED.

THE COMMISSION WAS SENT TO INVESTIGATE THE ISLAND’S POSSIBILITIES AFTER THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT HAD OFFERED OPPORTUNITIES FOR A LIMITED NUMBER OF JEWISH FAMILIES TO IMMIGRATE, PROVIDED THEY WERE FINANCED BY RECOGNIZED JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS.

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