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Belgian Court Rules Jewish Orphans Must Be Surrendered by Non-jewish Families

In what may be a precedent-setting decision, the First Chamber of the Civil Tribunal here this week ruled that the relatives of a Jewish child whose parents were killed by the Nazis could demand that a non-Jewish family which sheltered the child during the occupation surrender it. The decision has been appealed.

A delicate situation has developed concerning these children, many of whom were placed by their parents or Jewish defense organizations in the homes of non-Jews to save their lives. The temporary foster parents have in many cases become attached to the children and are unwilling to give them up. On the other hand, relatives of the youngsters are demanding that the children be turned over to them in order that they may be reared in Jewish traditions.