Trucks of Jewish Brigade Bring Jews from Belgium to France for Palestine Sailing
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Trucks of Jewish Brigade Bring Jews from Belgium to France for Palestine Sailing

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Twenty trucks of the Jewish Brigade, led by Major T. Kaspi, arrived here today from Brussels with more than 200 Jews from Belgium who were liberated from camps in Germany and who are planning to sail from Marseille for Palestine.

The steamer on which the liberated Jews will travel will also carry about 300 other Jews to Palestine, including 360 from Switzerland, 204 from France and about 200 from various camps in Germany and from an UNRRA camp at Philippeville, Algeria. Allied military authorities in Brussels made it possible for the Jewish Brigade to bring the Jews from Belgium to Paris where they will stay in the Hotel Lutetia, maintained by the French Ministry for Repatriated Deportees, until they leave for Marseille from where they will sail on September 2nd.

The Hias-Ica office here today reports that the very complicated arrangements for the departure of the approximately 1,000 Jewish emigrants were made by the Hias-Ica in cooperation with the French, American and British authorities and with the aid of the Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Palestine. Thanks to the sympathetic cooperation of the French authorities, every emigrant will receive en route to Marseille hot beveraged and a sufficient quantity of food without ration cards.

(A small group of Jewish survivors has left Marseille on the first French boat to sail directly from France to South American since the country’s liberation, according to a cable received today from Paris by Ilja Dijour, executive secretary of the Hias-Ica headquarters in New York.)

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