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25,000 of 151,000 Jews in Northern Transylvania Have Survived; Returning from Camps

Of the 151,000 Jews who lived in Northern Transylvania before the Germans transferred the area from Hungary to Rumania, about 25,000 may survive, according to an on-the-spot survey by a Jewish Telegraphic Agency correspondent.

Since November, 1944, about 8,000 Jews have returned from the Oswiecim and Birkenau camps to Northern Transylvania, which is once more a part of Rumania. About 6,500 former slave laborers have returned home and another 10,000 are expected to return eventually from concentration camps in Germany and Poland. The government has made special trains available to bring these people home.

The Jewish communities in the various cities which had substantial Jewish populations have established convalescent homes for sick repatriates and are furnishing relief. These activities are financed by the joint Distribution Committee, but more funds are needed since, for example, practically all of the deportees return home in rags.