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WORLD WAR II // 50 YEARS AGO . . .

From newspapers of Feb. 22, 1940: The American Red Cross says Germany has effectively barred it from providing aid to Poland except in the district around Warsaw established by the Nazis as the Gouvernement-Generale. The other parts of Poland cannot be entered by the Red Cross, the Germans say. Six railroad cars carrying relief supplies have been held up in the city of Krakow while the Red Cross negotiates with the Germans. For its part, the Soviet government is refusing to allow the Red Cross into any parts of Poland occupied by the Red Army. Feb. 23: Romania calls up more of its army reservists amid fears that Germany might attack after Romania's decision to stop exports of aviation fuel. Feb. 24: In an interview published in a Manila newspaper, Japanese Foreign Minister Hachiro Arita assures Filipinos that Japan has no territorial designs on the Philippines. The threat of a Japanese invasion has been seen as hindering the move to make the Philippines independent of the United States. As the Soviets continue to step up their attacks on Finland's defenses, Leslie Hore-Belisha, Britain's former minister of war, calls on Britain and France to go to Finland's aid. "Well-planned, adequate and decisive action now would curtail the duration of the war," he declares.

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