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July 24 1938 Great Britain Restricts Jewish Immigration

January 2, 1948 Illegal immigrants to PalestineSir Sidney Waterlow the British Ambassador in Athens wrote:

Every British ambassador in Europe received instructions on July 21, 1938, that he was to press his respective government not to allow Jews to pass through their ports or towns on their way to Palestine.

“The Greek government have, at my insistence, now instructed their missions abroad, including the Greek missions in Vienna and Warsaw, not to issue transit visas through Greece to Jews whatever the destination stated on their application.”

Source: Sir Martin Gilbert:  British Policy towards Jewish Refugees 1933 to 1946; Miriam Rothschild and John Foster Human Rights Trust

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