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Jewish Woman at Theresienstadt Gets News of Long-lost Husband from JTA Press Jeep

A press jeep in which Meyer Levin, a Jewish Telegraphic Agency war correspondent, has travelled throughout thousands of miles of liberated territory, including the concentration camps of Dachau and Buchenwald, was the means of notifying a Jewish woman in the Theresienstadt ghetto that her husband, from whom she had not heard in many years, was still alive.

As hundreds of Jews crowded around the jeep, upon whose hood hundreds of refugees in different parts of Germany had scribbled their names one young woman who was studying the names suddenly shrieked: “My husband is alive.” She pointed to the inscription “Rosenblatt, Dachau,” and sobbed: “That’s his signature.”

Meanwhile, Levin’s partner in the jeep, Eric Schwab, a photographer for the France-Press Agency, who had come to The resienstadt in search of his mother, found her working in the ghetto nursery. The frail, white-haired old lady stared in disbelief when Schwab walked into the nursery. Within a short time, she was lifted into the jeep, and is probably the first Jew to be rescued from Theresienstadt.