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3,500 Displaced Jews Resisting Army Efforts to Move Them to Other Quarters

The 3,500 occupants of the large Zeilsheim camp for displaced Jews, near here, have refused to authorize their camp committee to inspect several alternative sites suggested to them by the U. S. Army, which wishes to take over the camp to house Germans to be employed at bi-zonal headquarters.

The Army has offered the Jewish DP’s housing in three former airfields, near Fuerth, Schweinfurt and Stuttgart, but the refugees are insisting that they will not abandon their installations at Zoilsheim, which include schools, synagogues, children’s centers and similar facilities.

The military authorities maintain that they are not discriminating against the camp residents, since they are also moving troops out of the crowded region where Zeilsheim is located. It is not known whether the Army will insist on evacuation of the camp, or will abandon the plan in light of the strong opposition. At any rate, no action is expected until Rabbi Philip Bernstein, adviser on Jewish affairs to the military command in Germany, returns here some time next week.

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