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Yugoslavia Gives Haven to 56 Refugees on League’s Request

May 11, 1938
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The League of Nations has intervened with Yugoslavia to give temporary refuge to 56 Jews forced across the border from the Burgenland province of Austria, it was learned today. The refugees are now in the “no man’s land” area on the Austro-Yugoslavian frontier.

Sir Neill Malcolm, the League’s High Commissioner for German Refugees, it was authoritatively learned, yesterday discussed the situation with the Yugoslavian Minister to England, Dragomir Kasidolac, and asked permission for the refugees to remain two or three months pending arrangements for settling them elsewhere. It was hoped that Belgrade would agree after being informed by the Minister.

Sir Neill, who is leaving for Geneva tomorrow, does not expect difficulty in obtaining extension of his organization’s competence to cover Austrian refugees. However, it is not considered likely that the name of his office will be changed to read “German and Austrian Refugees” because the majority of the League Council’s members are likely to recognize Austro-German Anschluss under which Austrian refugees would automatically be considered as German refugees.

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