Basle (Dec. 20)
Addressing a world conference here of the Youth Aliyah movement, George Landauer, its head, today announced that 54,000 European Jewish children are prepared to emigrate to Palestine next year. Twenty-four thousand of them, he said, are now in DP camps in Germany.
Reviewing the achievements of the youth immigration movement, Landauer disclosed that 20,000 children have fled Europe to Palestine since 1933. He estimated that another 120,000 had survived the Hitler era throughout Europe. Many of the children who escaped to Palestine have since helped establish the newest settlements in far-flung areas of the country.
Landauer said that the 54,000 children could be placed in settlements and in individual homes. The only problem in connection with placing them immediately was the housing shortage, he added.
Reporting on the organization’s finances, he said that it has spent a total of $7,000,000 to date and that the Hadassah contributed half that amount.
The creation of the Keren Hatoldoth, a fund to encourage births and to aid large Jewish families, was announced here with the circulation of an appeal for contributions. The organization is selling “solidarity bonds” to obtain funds for bonuses for the birth of children in Palestine and to provide medical care for the mothers throughout their pregnancy as well as for the infants.
A resolution urging all Jewish national institutions to pay special attention to Zionist work among young Jews in North Africa and Western Europe was voted at a meeting of representatives of Zionist youth from those countries.