The inspired article by Alfredo Signoretti, editor of the Turin newspaper La Stampa, advocating that all European Jews be exiled after the war to Madagascar, was reprinted in a number of Budapest newspapers today.
“A necessary condition to a new order in Europe is completely to remove all Jews from the continent,” Signoretti said. “Precautionary measures taken by Germany and Italy are not enough. After the war, our military victory will make it possible for us to find an arbitrary solution to many important problems. Why should we not also put an end to this problem, which is not one century old but thousands of years.
“The Jews must be sent as far away from Europe as possible and their return prevented. It is an absurd experiment to settle the Jews in Palestine on the shores of the Mediterranean, where they remain in contact with European life.
“The suggestion that the Jews settle in Madagascar is surely the happiest solution to the problem. This gigantic island has a warm climate and agriculture could support millions without difficulty.
“But, whether the European Jewish population is exiled to Madagascar or to some other spot,” Signoretti concluded, “some emigration project to liberate Europe of its Jews must be carried out.”
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