No surprises here given the populace's sentiments during WW II. Absolutely no interest to save, but instead outright hostility towards, refugees seeking to flee Germany before the war. A combination of anti-British mood (well understood, but what about the U.S. and France?) and traditional Roman Catholic Church antisemitism. If they wish to avoid scientific and cultural exchanges, then it is they who will be impoverished and not Israel and its luminaries.