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Yehuda Bauer: My Brother's Keeper

A History of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee 1929-1939

[Holocaust preparations in Europe and resistance without solution of the situation]

The Jewish Publication Society of America, Philadelphia 1974

Transcription with subtitles by Michael Palomino (2007)



Chapter 6. The Beginning of the End
[D.] The refugees

[6.9. England 1938: Press protests against Jewish refugees]

[1938: GB: Protests in the press against Jewish refugees]

The situation in France tended to repeat itself in other countries. Britain experienced a wave of antirefugee protest in some of its most vocal newspapers. The London Times and the Manchester Guardian had voiced satisfaction with the outcome of Evian.

(End note 49: Andrew Sharf: The British Press and Jews under Nazi Rule; Oxford 1964, p. 171)

But there was no necessary contradiction between that and a basically negative attitude to Jewish immigration into Britain. Jews had to find a haven and should be helped to find one - but not in England. "Dreadful, dreadful are the afflictions of Jewish people", cried the Daily Express on September 2, 1938, in an article which emphasized that there was no room for them in Britain. The Evening News went even further on July 13: "Money we will provide, if need be, but the law of self-preservation demands that the word ENTER be removed from the gate."

(End note 50: Ibid. [Andrew Sharf: The British Press and Jews under Nazi Rule; Oxford 1964], p.168