5,000 Reich Deportees Still at Zabonszyn, London Meeting Told
Menu JTA Search

5,000 Reich Deportees Still at Zabonszyn, London Meeting Told

Download PDF for this date

Five thousand Jewish deportees from Germany are still living at the Polish frontier station of Zbonszyn, it was reported today by Elsely Zeitlyn, secretary of the Polish Relief Committee, following his return from a visit to Jewish refugees in the Polish-German “no-man’s-land.”

Mr. Zeitlyn, speaking at a reception by George Lansbury, Laborite M.P., reported that 30 per cent of the Zbonszyn refugees were women and 1,500 were children and youths up to 21 years of age. He said only 46 of the refugees had taken advantage of opportunities, offered under the Polish-German agreement, to return to Germany to liquidate their affairs, others having been dissuaded by reports from the Reich that liquidation companies had been establishes to buy household goods belonging to the refugees at ridiculous prices.

Mr. Zeitlyn denied rumors that the Polish refugee camps would be liquidated, declaring that on the contrary establishment of camps in many parts of Poland was contemplated because of the anticipated influx of 10,000 relatives of refugees already in the country, bringing to 25,000 the total number in Poland. he said negotiations were under way for emigration of a number of children to Palestine and 50 certificates for that purpose had already been received Providing funds to maintain and train them in Palestine for at lest two years, he said, was proving difficult.

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund