New York (Oct. 30)
Though the situation of the displaced Jews in various camps in the Reich is gradually improving, everything must be done to take them out of Germany, Samuel Schmidt, editor and publisher of Every Friday of Cincinnati, declared at a press luncheon here today following his return from Europe where he went as a representative of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada.
Mr. Schmidt visited some of the camps for displaced Jews where he organized, in cooperation with the military authorities, special facilities for orthodox Jews. He emphasized that the longer the Jews are held in camps, the more depressed they become, even though they are now provided with better dwellings and with more food. They feel like prisoners in “improved” internment centers. The majority of them want to emigrate to Palestine, while others are seeking contact with relatives in the United States and other countries, with the hope of emigrating there.
During his visit to the camps, Mr. Schmidt found that many Jews who were repatriated to Poland and Hungary preferred to return to the all-Jewish camps rather than remain in their native lands, where anti-Semitism is still rampant. Another reason for returning to the camps was the belief of many that all Jews living in the camps will eventually be sent to Palestine.