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A.m.g. Legal Officer Recommends Dp Courts, More Self-government for Jews in Camps

A report recommending the establishment of a DP court system and a greater degree of self-government in camps for displaced Jews has just been completed by Capt. Abraham Hyman, legal aide to Rabbi Philip S. Bernstein, advisor on Jewish affairs to U.S. forces in Germany, it was learned here today.

The report, which will be released soon, was prepared on the basis of an intensive study of the legal and disciplinary picture in the DP camps. The DP courts were ordered to cease functioning last week following an Army investigation into one case of malfeasance on the part of a DP judge in the Foehrenwald camp near here.

A special Swiss health commission which recently completed examinations for tuberculosis among DP’s in Munich reports that only two and one-half percent of the displaced Jews are now suffering from the disease compared to 12 percent found shortly after the liberation. The fairly good treatment and hospitalization given to present tuberculosis patients, in addition to cures effected of the mild cases found at that time, are credited with responsibility for the reduced incidence of the disease.