Agudas Yisroel’s Telegram To Chamberlain

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After 82 years, a telegram sent by Agudas Yisroel of Poland in March 1939 to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain begging him not to block Jewish immigration to Eretz Yisroel has been publicized for the first time, after recently being discovered in a British Colonial file marked “Palestine: Original Correspondence.”

There is no evidence that it was discussed or even seen by Chamberlain before the White Paper that limited Jewish immigration to 75,000 between 1939 to 1944 was published on May 17.

The text of the message read as follows:

“In the darkest and most tragic hours of history and life of Jewry three and a half million Jews in Poland appeal to His Majesty’s Government the authority which has undertaken responsibility to create a seat in Palestine for the Jewish people to consider both the confidence which the Jewish people have placed in England and the most sacred hopes of Jewry and not to apply a policy in Palestine which throws the Jewish masses into an abyss of despair.”




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