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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/1018: Telegram
The Acting' Secretary of State to the Amba8$ador in the United
Kingdom (Kennedy)
WASHINGTON, December 1, 1938—8 p. m.
 741. Department's 720, November 23, 6 p. m. A formal reply has been received
from the Argentine Government.~5 It expresses agreement with the humanitarian
principles of the Committee and states that the Argentine will be represented
at the December meeting in the same spirit. It then points out that the proportion
of Jews to the population of the Argentine is one of the largest to be found
in any country. It concludes:
 "At present owing to the economic situation of the country and to the
of the labor market, only the admission of professional agriculturists would
be considered possible, with sufficient elements to assure their settlement
and progress on Argentine soil. The Government will admit with good will
any requests which may be formulated under these terms, but they must be
effected gradually and within the possibilities of assimilation which circumstances
may offer and it is therefore not possible for the moment to make a precise
declaration as to the number of involuntary emigrants which the country is
able to admit."
840.48 Refugees/1123
The Chargé in Lucoemburg (Wailer) to the Secretary of State
No.25 LUXEMBURO, December 1, 1938.
 [Received December 16.]
 Sn~: I have the honor to inform the Department that the Government of Luxemburg
has now announced that it will not, until further notice, permit any more
Jewish refugees to enter the Grand Duchy under any circumstances. This action
has been taken with the utmost reluctance, and only after several weeks during
which the Grand Ducal Government granted temporary residence permits to a
large number of Jews in Germany to enable them to escape confinement in concentration
camps to which they would otherwise have been sent. The Government of Luxemburg
announces that it will gladly cooperate with other countries in receiving
and giving residence permits to as many of these unfortunate persons as possible,
when and if, international action along these lines can achieve definite
 ' ~ Telegram No. 819, undated, from the Ambassador in Argentina, received
November 29, 5:29 p. m., not printed.

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