Newspapers Applaud Rejection of Call for Admission of Refugees
The following are excerpts from various British newspapers applauding the House of Commons' rejection of the motion filed by Colonel Josiah Wedgwood, MP, calling for the wholesale admission and naturalization of refugees from mainland Europe.
The Scotsman (March 23, 1938)
The policy of the fully open door is not
practicable, and it is important that oppressed minorities should not
assume that admission into this country is to be offered to all and
The problem has an international character, and it is clearly
impossible for this country alone to provide the necessary refuge."
Daily Telegraph (March 23, 1938)
[The Government is] bound to qualify sympathy
with practical and prudential considerations
Daily Mail (March 23, 1938)
To be ruled by the misguided sentimentalism
of those who think with Colonel Wedgwood would be disastrous
it was known that Britain offered sanctuary to all who cared to come,
the floodgates would be opened, and we should be inundated by thousands
seeking a home
Daily Express (March 24, 1938)
"Shall All Come In?
We need to ask, for there is a powerful agitation
here to admit all Jewish refugees without question or discrimination.
It would be unwise to overload the basket like that. It would stir up
the elements here that fatten on anti-Semitic propaganda. They would
point to the fresh tide of foreigners, almost all belonging to the extreme
Left. They would ask: What if Poland, Hungary, Rumania also expel their
Jewish citizens? Must we admit them too? Because we DON'T want anti-Jewish
uproar we DO need to show common sense in not admitting all applicants."
Sources: A.J. Sherman, "Island Refuge: Britain and Refugees from the Third Reich 1933-1939," Elek Books, 1973, pp. 94-95; Yad