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Jewish Internees in Italian Camps Being Cared for by New Allied Organization

A special body to deal with interned and displaced persons has been established by the Allied Control Commission in Italy, a report reaching the World Jewish Congress here today states.

The report said that the interment camp at Ferramonte di Tarsio, in southwestern Italy, where there are still 1,600 internees, the majority of them Jews, is among the first places where the newly established body is operating, trying to arrange for food, clothing, welfare, health services and employment for the internees. Officially dissolved as an interment center, the Ferramonte camp is now managed by a special committee selected by the internees, of which Professor Mirski, a Yugoslav Jew, is the head.

About 350 of the Jewish refugees in the camp are Yugoslavian Jews, the report says. Others include Jews from Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Austria. Since the occupation by the Allies, the guards on the perimeter of the camp have been withdrawn and the inmates are free to exercise and walk around the countryside. A number of those who had fled to the hills have since returned to the camp due to difficulties in procuring a livelihood. The figure of 1,600 includes those who have thus returned. The military officers have now requested the Red Cross to assume management of this camp, the report concluded.

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