1,200 Jewish Children Return to Amsterdam; 1,000 Dutch Jews Flown Home from Theresienstadt

The return of 1,200 Jewish children to Amsterdam after years of underground existence has been announced by the "Netherlands News," issued by the Netherlands Information Bureau.

Credit for saving the lives of the children, it reports, goes to a Dutch student organization organized in 1942. The organization placed children, including two-month old infants, in foster homes under assumed names to save them from Nazi persacution, and kept records showing the real and assumed name of each child, the town were it was hidden and the addresses of the foster parents.

One thousand Netherlands Jews including prominent professors and doctors imprisoned at the Theresienstadt concentration camp have been flown back to Holland in thirty transport planes, according to the publication. Five hundred Jews liberated from the notorious Westerbork transit camp are expected to be returned to their home towns in Western Holland in the near future, in view of the improved food situation in that area, it is reported by the Netherlands civil affairs administration.

The thirty thousand German Jews who fled into the Netherlands after 1941 will not be considered enemies, although of German nationality, a Netherlands government decree of April 20 has ruled. It is stated that they will not be returned to Germany as a group, but that each person will have his case examined individually.

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