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Germany / Kristallnacht Anniversary / Jews and United States Immigration Policy #560058

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Nov 05, 1988
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(Studio: Connie Chung) Fiftieth anniversary of Kristallnacht, in which window glass in stores of Jewish shopkeepers in Nazi Germany and Austria was broken, reported Report introduced.

(DC: John Cochran) Events of Kristallnacht and problems escaping Jews had in finding ntns. that would accept them reviewed; photos shown of victim Trudy Green, historical film shown of Adolf Hitler and of Nazi rampage against Jews in 1938. [GREEN - recalls events that night; explains why England accepted her.] United States recalled refusing to accept Jewish refugees who needed fin. assistance. [Thomas Mann's biographer Anthony HEILBUT - recounts conversation between Mann and President Franklin D. Roosevelt about refusal to modify immigration law to allow more Jews into US.] Historical film shown of depression in United States in 1930s. Comments by radio priest Father Charles E. Coughlin about Jews quoted. [Jewish leader Morris ABRAM - speculates on Roosevelt's position.] Odyssey of Jewish refugee ship Saint Louis recounted; film shown. [Ship captain , international rescue committee , Leo CHERNE - says Roosevelt instructed that ship not be allowed to land in US.] Opposition to Jewish immigration by patriotic orgs., like American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and DAR, noted. Postwar attitude toward pol. refugees detailed; historical film shown. [US Committee for Refugees spokesperson Roger WINTER - says only two Haitians have been given asylum.]

Chung, Connie;
Cochran, John

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