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Evian Conference fails to aid refugees [Silent], Evian, France, July 13, 1938. Delegates of 32 countries assembled at the Royal Hotel in Evian, France, from July 6 to 15, 1938, to discuss the problem of Jewish refugees. The refugees were desperate to flee Nazi persecution in Germany, but could not leave without having permission to settle in other countries. The Evian Conference resulted in almost no change in the immigration policies of most of the attending nations. The major powers--the United States, Great Britain, and France--opposed unrestricted immigration, making it clear that they intended to take no official action to alleviate the German-Jewish refugee problem. —UCLA Film and Television Archive

July 6, 1938

From July 6–15, 1938, delegates from 32 countries and representatives from refugee aid organizations attend the Evian Conference in Evian, France.

They discussed options for settling Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany as immigrants elsewhere in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Australia. The United States and most other countries, however, were unwilling to ease their immigration restrictions.

Postcard showing Evian-les-Bains at the time of the 1938 International Conference on Refugees.

Postcard showing Evian-les-Bains at the time of the 1938 International Conference on Refugees. —USHMM, courtesy of Martin Smith

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