Evian Conference
   The conference was convened by the United States, at the suggestion of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in July 1938 in Evian-les-Bains, France, for the purpose of dealing with the problem of Jewish refugees that was precipitated by their persecution in Austria following the Anschluss. The conference hoped to draw attention to the plight of all refugees, but without special reference to the Jews. The nations represented at the conference hoped that in condemning the German government’s mistreatment of its nationals, it would force Germany to back down. Many at Evian, however, feared that should they come to the rescue of the victims of Nazi persecution by creating havens in their countries, this would establish a precedent whereby nations would engage in persecution in order to drive out unwanted minorities. This argument was certainly a factor in the reluctance of the assembled nations to liberalize their immigration laws, as the plight of the Jews worsened in areas under German control.
   The fear was also expressed at Evian that the influx of large numbers of Jews in countries still grappling with the depression would lead to an anti-Semitic backlash. This concern is best exemplified by the comments made by Colonel Thomas White, Australia’s delegate to the Evian Conference: “Under the circumstances, Australia cannot do more, for . . . undue privileges cannot be given to one particular case of non-British subject without injustices for others. It will no doubt be appreciated also that, as we have no real racial problems, we are not desirous of importing one by encouraging any scheme of large-scale foreign migration.”

Historical dictionary of the Holocaust. . 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • EVIAN CONFERENCE — EVIAN CONFERENCE, conference of 32 nations convened but not attended by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on July 6–14, 1938, at the Hôtel Royal in Evian on the French side of Lake Geneva to consider the plight of refugees – the euphemistic way …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Évian Conference — The Évian Conference was convened at the initiative of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt in July 1938 to discuss the problem of Jewish refugees. For nine days, from July 6 to July 15, delegates from thirty two countries met at Évian les Bains,… …   Wikipedia

  • Evian Conference — n. conference held in France in 1938 to discuss the problem of finding safe homes for Jewish refugees during World War II …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Evian Conference, 1938 —    As growing numbers of Jewish refugees fled from Nazi persecution in Germany, representatives from 32 countries met at the nine day Evian Conference held in the French town of Evian in July 1938, called largely at the instigation of President… …   Historical Dictionary of the Roosevelt–Truman Era

  • Évian-les-Bains — or Évian is a commune of France, in the northern part of the Haute Savoie département , on the shores of Lake Geneva(aka Lac Léman), opposite Lausanne, Switzerland. It has a population of about 7,300 people.In July 1938, the Évian Conference was… …   Wikipedia

  • Conference d'Evian (1938) — Conférence d Évian (1938) La Conférence d Évian de 1938 fut organisée à l initiative du président des États Unis d Amérique, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Elle se déroula du 6 juillet au 16 juillet 1938 dans la ville d Évian, en France.… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Conférence D'Évian (1938) — La Conférence d Évian de 1938 fut organisée à l initiative du président des États Unis d Amérique, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Elle se déroula du 6 juillet au 16 juillet 1938 dans la ville d Évian, en France. Son but était de trouver une …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Conférence d'Evian (1938) — Conférence d Évian (1938) La Conférence d Évian de 1938 fut organisée à l initiative du président des États Unis d Amérique, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Elle se déroula du 6 juillet au 16 juillet 1938 dans la ville d Évian, en France.… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Conférence d'évian (1938) — La Conférence d Évian de 1938 fut organisée à l initiative du président des États Unis d Amérique, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Elle se déroula du 6 juillet au 16 juillet 1938 dans la ville d Évian, en France. Son but était de trouver une …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Conference d'Evian — Conférence d Évian Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Eurent lieu dans la ville française d Évian les conférences suivantes : Une en 1938 : organisée à l initiative du président… …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”