First Batch of Deportees Set to Return to Reich

One thousand Polish Jewish deportees will shortly return temporarily to Germany to liquidate their businesses, it was announced today by the Central Relief Committee. They will go under the recently concluded Polish-German agreement under which Poland accepted as a fait accompli the expulsion last October of 14,000 Polish Jews and Germany agreed to discontinue further deportations and to give “stateless” passports to Polish-Jewish residents in Germany who have been denationalized.

The committee announced that it has undertaken to submit individual applications, for permission to return to Germany temporarily, to the mixed Polish-German Commission until Feb. 16. The last group of deportees will leave for Germany on July 31. Under the agreement, relatives of the deportees will be permitted to come to Poland. The first group of these, comprising 1,000 persons and including relatives of those not permitted to return temporarily to Germany, will arrive in the near future.

The deportees will be permitted to take back to Poland furniture, machinery and jewelry acquired prior to October 26. Proceeds of the sale of Polish Jewish property must be paid into a blocked account in the Dresdner Bank. After July 31, the Polish-German negotiations on transfer of property will be resumed.

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