French Government Refuses Shelter to Repatriated Deportees of Foreign Nationality

Jewish and other deportees of foreign nationality who are now returning to France are no longer being admitted to housing centers operated by the Ministry for Deportees, as a result of a policy adopted recently by the Ministry, it was learned here today.

All returning “alien” deportees no matter how long they resided in France prior to their deportation are affected. This move, which is reportedly due to the ministry’s reluctance to finance the housing of non-French deportees, will work a great hardship upon Jewish organizations, since none of them have, as yet, obtained requicitions for hotels or other adequate shelters for the arrivals. Some foreign Jewish deportees are now being housed in former schools or Jewish institutions under miserable conditions.

While the total number of Jewish deportees who have returned does not exceed 2,400, of whom only a small number require housing from the Jewish community, the problem is great mainly because of overlapping and duplication by several agencies which are continuing relief activities despite the creation of the Jewish Committee of Relief and Reconstruction, which is supposed to act as a central body.

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