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Central Conference of American Rabbis Asks Christians to Return Children They Sheltered

An appeal to Christians to return to Jewish communities the Jewish children they sheltered during the Nazi occupation was made public here today by the Central Conference of American Rabbis. The appeal, which was adopted at the recent meeting of the Conference in Atlantic City, reads as follows:

“We express our appreciation to tens of thousands of Christian families in occupied countries, who at the risk of their lives, saved their Jewish neighbors and thus manifested the highest religious spirit. In order to save many Jewish children and to keep them out of the clutches of the Nazis, it was necessary to train them in another faith. Now that the Nazi terror has gone we trust that individuals and institutions who cared for such Jewish children will return them to their Jewish parents if alive or to Jewish communities and facilitate their return to the Jewish fold.”

The Conference decided to send messages of appreciation through the American ambassadors to the people of France, of Holland, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Yugoslavia, Greece and Norway, “who heroically stood by Jews and saved them from the Nazi cruelties.”