American Jewish Committee Conferes with Grew on Jews in German Camps
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American Jewish Committee Conferes with Grew on Jews in German Camps

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A request that permanent liaision officers be attached to the American High Command and the Allied Control Council in Germany to deal with the political, religious and social problems of the Jews liberated from German concentration camps was submitted yesterday to Joseph C. Grew, Acting Secretary of State, by representatives of the American Jewish Committee.

In a conference with the Acting Secretary. Jacob Blaustein and George Z. Medalie, chairmen of the American Jewish Committee’s executive and overseas committees, respectively, and Marcus Cohn, the Committee’s representative in Washington, pointed cut that, of the 200,000 Jews found in Germany, many are stateless, either as a result of anti-Jewish measures enacted by the governments of the countries in which they had formerly resided, or of Nazi racial legislation. Others who are not formally stateless, are nevertheless reluctant and should not be forced to return to their former homelands, where they were long the target of attacks and persecution, the committee representatives said.

A third category is composed of German Jews who were deprived of their citisenship by the Nuremberg laws and who do not wish to remain in Germany after the harrowin experiences they have undergone.

The problems of all these groups deserve the immediate and special attention of the occupying authorities and permanent liaison officers especially qualified to handle this situation should be immediately oppointed, said the committee representatives.

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