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Army to Ask War Dept. to Exclude Jews from Dp Screening Tests; Fears Disturbances

Army authorities here are planning to request the War Department for permission to exclude all Jews from the general screening program now under way among displaced persons to determine which of them are to continue to retain their DP status, it was learned here today.

Military officials pointed out that should displaced Jews be deprived of their DP status following screening examinations, disturbances would occur.

Meanwhile, representatives of various political parties and Jewish groups met in Munich and formed the “Association of Persecutees of the Nazi Regime,” whose program includes combatting the revival of Nazism, militarism and anti-Semitism. The group also plans to secure speedier rehabilitation and relief for the “persecutees” and their families.

A resolution urging the German provincial government to place more victims of the Nazis in responsible positions was adopted at the meeting. Complaints that former Nazis still retained government positions and that “persecutees” were not receiving sufficient opportunities were also aired at the sessions. Delegates asked for a speed-up in the restoration of their property which had been confiscated by the Nazis.

It was reported today from Berlin that Jews whom the Nazis had compelled to adopt the given names of Israel and Sarah to identify them as Jews can now have these names officially removed from all personal and official records. Formal removal, however, will have to wait until the necessary records and files are obtained from the Sudetenland where they were stored during the war.

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