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J. Ramsay Macdonald Silent on Nazi Terror on Arrival

April 23, 1933
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The Prime Minister of Great Britain, J. Ramsay MacDonald, who arrived here yesterday to take up with President Roosevelt the economic world problems, declined to discuss the question of the Nazi persecutions in Germany.

Surrounded by more than one hundred representatives of the New York press in the smoking room of the S.S. Berengaria, which brought him to New York harbor, Mr. Mac-Donald sat with his daughter Ish### and patiently answered a number of questions hurled at him by the newspapermen. But he rose from his chair and was seemingly uneasy when the representative of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency put the following question to him:

“Do you, Mr. Prime Minister, condemn the anti-Semitic policy of the Nazi government in Germany?”

“Oh-o-o,” Mr. MacDonald exclaimed, apparently surprised. “Well, you probably know that I came over here to talk about other matters than these.”

He then thanked the newspapermen for the kindness they have always shown him and embarked on the tug Macom, which brought him to Jersey from where he left for Washington.

On the tug the ### Minister again was asked about his attitude toward the present situation in Germany.

“It is a lovely day today,” he retorted.

Sir Ronald Lindsay, the British Ambassador to the United States, who came to the boat to meet the Prime Minister, was less reticent. He expressed satisfaction with the recent debate in the London House of Commons, where the anti-Jewish Nazi persecutions were strongly condemned.

“Do you, Mr. Ambassador, agree with the British policy towards the Hitler Government as expressed in

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