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Great Britian & the Holocaust: Cabinet Meeting Disscusses Jews in Germany

(April 5, 1933)

In early 1933, the British cabinet held a meeting on whether to publicize a dispatch report from Sir Horace Rumbold, the British ambassador in Berlin, that discussed the persecution of Jews in Germany. Rumbold's report said that the Jews suffered “gross injustice.”

The Cabinet decided not to publicize the report.

The cabinet also considered a request from British Jews to relax immigration restrictions to allow German Jewish refugees to enter Britain. The recommendation was not to change existing policy out of a clear fear that the country would be flooded with useless refugees. On the other hand, there is an interest in allowing prominent Jews from the fields of science, medicine and art to enter the country.

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Sources: British National Archives