Sofia (May. 21)
Jewish life in Vienna is beginning to show faint signs of revival, although the Jewish community there has not yet been re-organized, it was reported today by a traveller who just arrived from the Austrian capital.
There are no more than 3,000 Jews in Vienna, he said. In one of Vienna’s suburbs there was a German concentration camp for Jews used as slave laborers in the underground airplane factory located nearby. When the Germans retreated, most of the Jews in this camp were killed and several hundred fled to Yugoslavia.
Several thousand Hungarian Jews who were deported by the Germans to Austria for hard labor have returned to Budapest, the traveller reported. The Budapest Jewish community is constantly growing and now numbers about 150,000. Many of the Jews in Budapest wish to emigrate to Palestine, he said. The Joint Distribution Committee is conducting relief activities, especially for children.
It was announced today in Sofia that a nation-wide conference of the Hechalutz organization in Bulgaria will be held here on June 21 to discuss the Jewish situation in Bulgaria and the various plans for training Bulgarian Jewish youths for emigration to Palestine. At a public meeting of the Jewish Organization to Fight Fascism and Anti-Semitism, leaders of the Fatherland Front appealed to the Jews to give full support to the present Bulgarian government emphasizing that the present regime liberated the Jews from the Nazis and has given them full rights.