An Oversea Railway

January 1941
New Republic;1/20/41, Vol. 104 Issue 3, p72
Focuses on the France's problem of refugees in the wake of World War II and the U.S.' stand on the matter. Perils of the refugee problem; Report that though the U.S. government is officially in sympathy with the refugees, little is done to help them; View that the exchange of notes on the issue between the U.S. State Department and France is simply another case of human beings dropping out of sight among the index cards, or button; Insistence of U.S. Secretary Cordell Hull that refugees in unoccupied France who possess American visas, be allowed to leave; Reluctance of French Government to leave political refugees as German Dictator Adolf Hitler desires them to stay until he can sort them out; Intentions of the French Government to get rid of non-political refugees; View that the U.S. must save the refugees or lose some thermal units of its moral heat as the asserted geographic base of democracy; View that France's refugee problem, however tangled at the moment, is in part a heritage of her past love of freedom, a testimonial to her historic open-door policy in human relations; Need for a proper refugee policy.


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