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Unrra to Take over All Camps for Displaced Persons in British Zone in Germany

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British military authorities today signed an agreement with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration which provides that all the camps for displaced persons in the British zone will be turned over to UNRRA.

The camps will be taken over gradually in view of the fact that UNRRA faces a shortage of personnel. The first phase is expected to be completed by Dec. 31 and the final process will be completed by February. The British army will continue to be responsible for supplying food, fuel, clothing and accommodation for the camps.

The Commander-in-Chief of the British Army of the Rhine will retain overall supervision in all matters affecting the displaced persons. Their actual return to their native lands will remain the responsibility of the military authorities, but UNRRA is to make recommendations for repatriation.

Acting on the advice of Judge Simon Rifkind, named by President Truman to study the position of displaced Jews in Germany, the representatives of the American Jewish Conference, American Jewish Committee and the Jewish Labor Committee who are now in Germany investigating the situation of the Jews in the camps, agreed not to make individual reports of their findings. They will confer with Judge Rifkind before making their reports public, it was indicated.

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