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5,000 Jewish Children May Soon Be Evacuated from France

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Five-thousand Jewish orphans will soon be allowed to leave France, it was reported here today by United States Minister Pinckney Tuck, who was formerly American charge d’affaires at Vichy.

Speaking to a delegation of the New Zionist Organization, Tuck said that information reaching him from Geneva disclosed that Swiss authorities who are attempting to arrange the evacuation of the children have “almost reached their goal.” Negotiations for emigration of the children were initiated by the United States but were broken off after the rupture of relations with Vichy and the Swiss took over.

At one time the U.S. had agreed to admit several thousand of the young refugees, and American relief organizations had even sent representatives to Europe to arrange transportation for them, but at the last minute the Germans stepped in and refused to permit the children to emigrate.

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