Friday, 13 March 2015

From Evian To The Holocaust

In July 1938, an International Conference convened at Evian in Switzerland to discuss the plight of the million dispossessed Jews in Germany (which had just annexed Austria). Palestinian Jews were not invited to participate, but merely allowed to send an observer. Hitler declared: “We, on our part, are ready to put all these criminals at the disposal of these countries, for all I care, even on luxury ships.” (1)


Above: a scan from Landau, page 137, see note 1 below.

However, except for the Dominican Republic, no nation agreed to increase its tight (Great Depression era) immigration control to accommodate Jewish refugees. In any event, they required immigrants to be in possession of funds, a near impossibility for Jews who were prohibited from taking assets out of Germany. The United Kingdom allowed the Kindertransport of Jewish children to London, but not their parents, and it restricted Jewish migration to the British Mandate of Palestine (to appease Arab opinion). Only the International Zone of Shanghai allowed unrestricted Jewish immigration, and a few intrepid refugees managed to make the long sea journey. (2)

In 1942, unable to export Jews from the territory it occupied, Germany instead adopted “The Final Solution to the Jewish Question” ie the extermination of Continental European Jewry. That could have, and should have, been avoided!

References

(1) The Nazi Holocaust, by Ronnie S. Landau, published by I. B. Tauris, London, (1992), page 137. [Königsberg, where Hitler made this comment, was renamed Kaliningrad in 1945].
(2) The Holocaust Conspiracy: An International Policy Of Genocide, by William R. Perl, published by Shopolsky, New York, (1989).

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