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The Militant, 24 August 1946

An Editorial

Open America’s Gates to Jewish Refugees!

From The Militant, Vol. X No. 34, 24 August 1946, p. 1.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.


Truman told the press August 16 that he “might” ask “Congress” to admit a “designated number” of European displaced persons, “including Jews.”

What does this weasel-worded statement mean? Is it an attempt to quiet the rising indignation of sections of the American people over the brutal Allied treatment of Jewish refugees in Palestine?

Is it a vague, lying campaign promise calculated to snare a few badly-needed votes for the Democratic machine? Will it land in the waste-basket after election day?

Did Truman deliberately wait until Congress adjourned before ladling out this soothing syrup, knowing that Congress will not reconvene until next January?

What are the “desigated number” of persecuted Jewish refugees to do in the intervening year or so before the anti-Semites in Congress get through discussing it and filibustering against it?

The Militant has long advocated the immediate opening of the gates of America to the refugees in Europe. The lives of the pitiful remnants of the Jewish people who survived the Nazi terror are in danger. That is why they want to get out of Europe.

Emergency measures must be taken to save them.

Truman’s declaration, however, shows that Washington is giving nothing but hypocritical lip service to the entry of these hounded refugees. Only tremendous pressure from the American people can hope to force a concession from the Truman Administration.

Put the heat on Washington!

Save the survivors of Hitler’s terror from the living hell of Allied concentration camps!

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