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Britain Investigating Refugees; Will Allow Friendly Aliens to Work

September 13, 1939
See Original Daily Bulletin From This Date

Tribunals appointed by the Home Office have begun the task of investigating the cases of 50,000 Germans and Austrians, of whom at least 35,000 are Jews, to determine whether they are to remain at liberty or to be interned.

It is expected that friendly aliens will shortly be given work. Domestics will be allowed to continue at work, but will be obliged to appear before the tribunals.

Meanwhile the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen appealed to the Government to make use of the services of its German-Jewish members. In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, the association declared:

“Since the crisis last September we have received numerous offers by German Jewish ex-servicemen to serve the country in the event of war. On Aug. 26, a letter embodying this desire was sent to the Undersecretary of State by the ex-servicemen in the hope that an opportunity might be given them to express loudly their gratitude to Great Britain in these days.

“They do not want a sheltered, easy life while the manhood of the country sacrifices their blood in the trenches for the ideals of humanity. Their earnest desire is to be placed in a position where they can serve the country and do their duty as grateful guests.”

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