Sofia (Apr. 9)
About 2,000 Hungarian Jews from the Oswiecim death camp have already returned to Budapest it was reported here today by a Jewish leader who has just arrived from the liberated hungarian capital.
Another 20,000 Jewish survivors are expected to be brought from Oswiecim to Budapest within the next few days, he said. He emphasized that there is unprecedented misery and starvation among the Jews in liberated Hungary because Jews were robbed of all their possessions by pro-Nasi Hungarians prior to the entrance of the Red Army.
“Especially precarious is the situation of scores of thousands of Jewish children whose parents have either been killed, or deported to Germany for forced labor, or sent to Oswiecim, ” he stated. “The number of deaths among these children is increasing daily, as a result of starvation. In addition to the great need of food, there is also an urgent need for clothes and shoes for these orphans.”
The reconstituted Jewish community of Budapest has succeeded in establishing special institutions for Jewish children, but these institutions can shelter only about 1,000 children. There are about 1,500 Jewish children sheltered in private homes, but they are unaware of the fact that they are Jewish, the Budapest leader reported, Special efforts, he said, are being made to arrange that as many children as possible should go to Palestine.
Beginning with next week a Zionist weekly newspaper will be published in budapest. It is also expected that a Zionist conference will take place there before the month is over. A Jewish school was opened there this week, but there is an acute shortage of Jewish teachers, because almost all of them were either massacred or deported. The Hechalutz organization in Budapest has resumed its activities and established agricultural training courses in the suburbs of the city, the Jewish leader declared.