Fight Disease Among Marooned Deportees
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Fight Disease Among Marooned Deportees

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The Polish Red Cross and the Jewish Health Society (TOZ) worked side by side today in an effort to forestall an epidemic among the 5,000 Polish-Jewish deportees from Germany who are still quartered under canvas and in stables at the frontier city of Zbonszyn. Within 24 hours, physicians and emergency workers administered medical treatment to some 1,300 of the exiles. All were inoculated against typhoid fever and supplies of aspirin were distributed to check influenza.

Officers of the Joint Distribution Committee here meanwhile approached Jewish industrialists in Warsaw, Bialystok and Bielsk on the question of supplying the refugees with clothes warm underwear and kitchen utensils. Four soup kitchens were sent from Cracow.

Relief officials today unfolded the tragic story of a group of 37 of the deportees, including a 65-year-old man and many women and children who, because their papers were found to be not in order, were being shuttled back and forth between Germany and Poland, both countries refusing them admission. Twenty-seven German nationals, victims of the Polish Government’s reprisal deportations, are also among those stranded at Zsonszyn.

Jewish journalists have decided to contribute at least one day’s wages to the countrywide relief campaign inaugurated yesterday by Jewish newspapers from the relief of the refugees. Slawoj-Skladkowski today to discuss the plight of the deportees.

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