Germany and the Jews The measured and dispassionate description In
last Friday's Times of the tragic situation of the Jews in Germany has brought even to well-informed students of foreign affairs a new realisation of the concentration Of cold-blooded cruelty involved in the measures taken deliberately by the Government of the Third Reich against human beings whose only offence is the misfortune of their birth. No explanation can palliate the Govern-. nient's' 'action. Official persecution is 'distinguishable only by its methods, not by its results, from the Russian Pogroms of the past. Interference With the internal affairk of another State is rarely desirable, but 'this question touches external policy Closely. The time is in many respects ripe for an attempt at an Anglo-Franca- German rapprochement such as M. Laval in particular desires. There are many points in Herr Hitler's speech °f last May that have not yet had, the attention they deserve.. But the effect on the Anglo-Saxon tempera- ment of the persecution in Germany is immediate and Profound. Herr Hitler is reputed to attach high, import- ance to a good understanding between this 'country and his own. The wish itself is cordially reciprocated here, but there can be no sympathetic understanding and no more than a semblance of good will so long as human beings in Germany are denied the elementary rights of hurnan . beings.