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Less Than One-fifth of Jewish Population of Largest Belgian Cities Survive

Less than one-fifth of the Jewish population of the five largest Belgian cities was rescued from Nazi camps, according to the newspaper, le Matin.

Of the prewar Jewish population of 89,350 in those cities, only 18,950 remain, the newspaper asserted. The Jewish population of Antwerp was reduced by Nazi deportations or by other action from 55,000 to 1,500, that of Brussels from 30,000 to half that fiure, that of Charlerol from 2,000 to 1,200 Ghent from 300 to 50, and Liege from 2,000 to 1,200.

Other figures showed that the Gentile population aided in helping 20,000 Belgian Jews escape Nazi persecution.