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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1938. General

Meeting at Evian, France, to form an inter-governmental committee for assistance of political refugees from Germany including Austria,   pp. 740-886 PDF (54.6 MB)

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840.48 Refugees/a: Telegram
The Secretary of State to the Amba~~$ador in the United Kingdom~
WASHINGTON, March 23,1938—1 p.m.
 1. Please call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and inquire whether the
British Government (on its own behalf or on behalf of the self-governing
Dominions) would be willing to cooperate with the Government of the United
States in setting up a special committee composed of representatives of a
number of governments for the purpose of facilitating the emigration from
Austria8 and presumably from Germany of political refugees.
 2. Our idea is that whereas such representatives would be designated by
the governments concerned, any financing of the emergency emigration referred
to would be undertaken by private organizations within the respective countries.
Furthermore, it should be understood that no country would be expected or
asked to receive a greater number of emigrants than is permitted by its existing
 3. As soon as enough replies have been received to warrant going ahead,
the President contemplates appointing a representative, who would proceed
abroad without delay, to meet with the rest of the committee. It is suggested,
purely as a matter of convenience, that the first meeting be held in some
Swiss city as being centrally [ocated.
 4. Please make it perfectly clear that in making this proposal the Government
of the United States in no sense intends to discourage or interfere with
such work as is already being done on the refugee problem by the Migration
Bureau of the International Labor Office, or by any other existing agencies.
It has been prompted to make the present proposal because of the urgency
of the problem with which the
 1The official papers of the meeting are published in Proceedings of the
Intergovernmental Committee, Evian, July 6th to 15th, 1988: Verbatim Record
of the Plenary Meetings of the Committee and Reports (July, 1938).
 2 Sent, mutatis 1~Wtandi8, to the American Diplomatic Missions listed In
para. graph 5.
 ~ incorporation of Austria Into the German Reich was effected on March 18;
see pp. 384 if.

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