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Rescue of Hungarian Jews Discussed in Canadian Parliament

August 8, 1944
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The question of saving Hungarian Jews from being deported to extermination camps was raised in the Canadian parliament by four deputies, all asking the Canadian Government for prompt action. Two of the deputies, Stanley Knowles and Arthur Roebuck, demanded the immediate revocation of the British White paper in order that all Jews from Hungary who can reach Palestine via Turkey may be admitted.

Premier King, in replying to the deputies, said that he raised the Palestine question at the recent conference of Dominion Prime Ministers which was held in London. He added that he was not at liberty to make public the content of the discussions at the conference on this question.

A delegation of the Canadian-Palestine Committee today appeared before the Under-Secretary of State for External Affairs and urged that the Canadian Government cooperate in obtaining the release from Hungary, through the International Red Cross, of all Jewish children under ten years of age and all adults holding Palestine visas. The delegation urged since Palestine is the nearest country of refuge for the Jews of Balkan countries, its doors should be opened fully by the Mandatory Power, while Turkey, the most available country of transit, should be induced to open its frontiers so long sealed against the passage to Palestine of European Jewish refugees. The delegation also made representations to the Dominion Government against the possible partition of Palestine.

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