Reich Refuses to Free 200 Youths Until They Can Emigrate

It was revealed today that efforts to effect the release of 200 youths aged 17 to 19, among thousands of Jews still held in concentration camps, have failed, meeting with the blunt statement: “They stay in camp until they can leave the country.” None of the youths has an opportunity to emigrate under the existing conditions. Others, who have been offered guarantees by relatives in the United States and England, have already been released but the sole hope for the remainder is opening by some nations of a training camp where they can be trained for re-emigration.

The Netherlands Government has informed Jewish welfare circles here that Netherlands participation in the resettlement project is limited for the present to 1,000 children under 15 years of age. Present plans call for emigration to England and Holland of 800 children in the next three weeks. Of this number, 200 will go to Holland and the remainder to England.

A New Year’s eve ban on Jewish cultural performances, the sole source of entertainment for German Jews, was imposed by the Gestapo today without explanation.

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