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Foreign News: After Munich

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Just before leaving London to visit Paris this week, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain told the House of Commons that he is once more appealing to Adolf Hitler to continue the Munich work of “appeasement” in general. In so doing he revealed what may yet prove to be the most important international event since Munich, the efforts which the British Government is making to find a home for Germany’s Jews. Having queried all the colonies, he revealed that the Governor of Tanganyika has put at his disposal 50,000 acres on which to settle Jewish men, their families to follow if the experiment succeeded.

With 700,000 oppressed Jews to succor, this first offer was only a drop in the great bucket of the Jewish colonization problem.

But it was a striking indication that under the impact of civilization’s horror at Nazi pogroms the mills of diplomacy had at last begun to grind a useful grist. Mr. Chamberlain also said that if new surveys are reassuring 10,000 square miles in British Guiana may be leased “on generous terms” to refugees. Said he: “His Majesty’s Government hope that other countries . . .

will also endeavor to make what contribution they can to the urgent need of facilitating emigration from Germany.” Meanwhile, almost unnoticed during the week, the Anglo-Italian Treaty of last April was brought into effect and King-Emperor George VI with his own hand signed the credentials of British Ambassador Lord Perth to Italy’s now-recognized King-Emperor Vittorio Emanuele III.

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