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Jewish Community Delegation Reports Germans Killed 64,000 Yugoslav Jews; Aid Needed

A delegation of the Belgrade Jewish Community, headed by community president David Alkalay, arrived here today to secure relief for the surviving Jews in Yugoslavia through the representatives of the Joint Distribution Committee in Bucharest.

The delegation reported that the Germans killed 64,000 Yugoslavian Jews, and that 9,000 of those deported have returned from various camps to their hometowns in Yugoslavia. The Jewish community, the delegation said, is not able to render any assistance to the returning Jews who need shelter, clothing and shoes. The Yugoslav Government gave 500,000 dinars for Jewish relief, but it is impossible to expect further aid from the government because of the general destruction in the country.

Speaking on the legal position of the Jews in Yugoslavia, the delegation emphasized that the government is ready to return property of missing Jews to their relatives, and that no distinction is being made by the authorities between Jews and non-Jews with regard to social, religious and cultural activities.