Polish Jews Infiltrating U.S. Zone Are Ragged and Starving, J.w.b. Envoy Reports

The Polish Jews infiltrating into the American zone are ragged and starving and are not in good health nor wealthy as charged by Lt. Gen. Sir Frederick Morgan, Rabbi Joseph H. Lockstein, of the National Jewish Welfare Board’s Religious Activities Committee, said here today.

Rabbi Lockstein has just completed a six-week tour of the American zone in Europe and personally saw several transports of Polish Jewish infiltrees. Among the fugitives “from real or threatened terror,” he said, he found one man who had left his home a few hours after his neighbor had been found decapitated.

Rabbi Lockstein praised the attitude of Army authorities in permitting the infiltrees to enter the American zone, and said that conditions in the displaced persons camps were improving and the Army was manifesting “a sympathetic understanding,” However, he emphasized that no permanent solution was possible in the camps, and that the displaced Jews wanted to go to Palestine. He described their use of Hebrew names for their barracks buildings and mess halls and the erection of several banners with Hebrew inscriptions, as a means of preparing themselves for their life in Palestine.

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