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Army Still Planning to Oust 3,500 Dp’s from Camp. but Awaiting Return of Jewish Aide

The Army has not abandoned its plans to remove 3,500 displaced Jews from the Zeilsheim Camp, near Frankfurt, and convert it into quarters for Germans to be employed by Anglo-American bi-zonal headquarters, but will delay any final action until Rabbi Philip Bernstein, adviser on Jewish affairs to Gen. Lucius D. Clay, American commander in Germany, returns from the United States, it was learned today. The delay is reportedly due to the uproar and protests that resulted when news of the Army’s intentions leaked out.

According to reports here today, Rabbi Bernstein will resign shortly after his return next month and may be succeeded by Judge Louis Levinthal, of Philadelphia, a former president of the Zionist Organization of America. At present, Bernstein’s office is in charge of Maj. Abraham Hyman, his legal adviser. Chaplain Herbert Friedman, Bernstein’s assistant, left for the U.S. today. He is scheduled to leave the army and assume a congregational post in Denver.

George Backer, world president of the ORT Federation, returned here today, after a five-day inspection tour of the Jewish DP camps, and voiced amazement at “the wonders performed” by the DP’s with the limited materials for rehabilitation at their disposal. Backer said that he found that virtually all of the DP’s are anxious to learn and work, and added that he was sure that the expanded ORT program would succeed as soon as more machines and materials could be brought in. Backer is leaving for Switzerland tonight.

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