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The Southern Jewish weekly. [volume] (Jacksonville, Fla.) 1939-1992, September 19, 1947, Image 2

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Call in the Wilderness
BY CLAUDE PEPPER
The following appeal, in behalf of the Exodus 1947 deportees,
by Senator Claude Pepper of Florida, was published August 19th
as a letter to the N. Y. Times. It can now be aptly described
as a call in the wilderness.—Editor.
It is to be hoped that the embittered passions which swept Britain
and the British community in Palestine recently in connection with
the brutal revenge wreaked by the Irgun against the two British
sergeants will not becloud the fate of the 4500 hapless refugees on
the Exodus 1947. There are rumors that the ships on which they
have been held in the burning sun outside Port De Bouc are now to
be sent to an unknown destination, perhaps to some tropical British
possession. I hope earnestly those rumors are false.
The tragedy of the Exodus, more
than any other recent event, sym
bolizes the moral dilemma of our
day. In the name of asserted
right and by virtue of armed
might, Britain has turned back in
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hopelessness 4500 refugees at the
very moment that they were to
cross the threshold to life and
freedom. True, they had not visas.
But may we demand a visa of a
man who runs from death, or the
scene of death? May we brand
him sinful or criminal because,
lacking of a visa, he persists,
nevertheless, in fleeing from those
countries of Europe that were the
graveyard of his relatives, his
friends, his hopes?
Have I overstated the dangers
and threats to the refugees? It
may appear that way in remote
and insulated London, Washing
ton and New York. But it will
not so appear to those who have
been in Central Europe since the
war and have seen with their own
eyes the concentration camps and
the desolation, as I have. They
could not conscientiously attempt
to persuade the refugees that the
fears and dangers are illusory.
The refugee has seen the dang
ers and desolation. He has buried
his dead. What he saw and what
he knows are seared into his flesh
and bone. He will not be beguiled
by judicious admonitions in ob
jective editorials.
NOT IN MALICE
The British Government is not
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acting in malice. If I judge cor
rectly it is acting in a kind of
desperation, compounded of fear,
obstinacy and confusion. For Brit
ain is itself beleaguered and
threatened by grave political and
economic problems. With cour
age, characteristic of her people,
Britain is facing up to most of
those problems.
With willful shortsightedness,
not uncharacteristic of her con
duct in Palestine, Britain refuses
to face up to the problem of the
refugee. Her answer to the prob
lem has been taken from some
dusty pigeonhole where repose the
rules of imperial conduct of that
earlier day when Britain was mis
tress of the seas and arbiter of
the fate of the less fortunate peo
ples of the world.
Britain, which should remember
best, has apparently forgotten
what the history of liberty more
than once shows —men will not let
themselves be suffocated by the
sterile fiat of legalistic ukase;
they will fight for the air they
must breathe to live —even against
a British blockade.
The meaning of the Exodus
cannot be lost on the members
of the United Nations Commission
on Palestine. It makes undeniable
the words they heard from Dr.
Chaim Weizmann: “We cannot
wait. We have waited too long.”
Move Forward or Perish
The survivors of the German
death chambers have waited in
line long and patiently for a
chance at life and decency. That
line must move forward or its
ranks will perish. Would it have
advanced an inch if it were not
for ships like Exodus 1947 ? What
answer—an answer more expedi
tious and legal—will the United
Nations Commission give to those
who stand, but will not wait in
definitely, for a chance to live?
How will the Commission balance
the metaphoric “life-line of em
pire’ ’against the flesh and blood
life-line?
An English writer, David Court
ney, has eloquently voiced the be
liefs of millions of Christian Eng
lishmen in a column he wrote re
cently on the Exodus 1947. He
said, “if the world cannot give
dignity to the Jew, it will forfeit
its own dignity and continue to
be the sport of its irrational pas
sions. Is there any man who in
righteousness can deny the sus
taining heritage of native land to
a fellow-man who. by the doctrine
of the very nations that dispose
his fate, is born in the image of
God, but by the ethnic hazard a
Jew?”
It is deeply heartening to find
a fellow-Christian so eloquently
applying the Golden Rule to one
of the most burning problems of
our day.
Copyright, 1947, Independent
Jewish Press Service, Inc.
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