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Greek Govt. Restricts Movement of Foreign Jews; Position of Local Jews Becoming Worse

Jews of all nationalities passing through Greece are not permitted to leave ports or (##) between ships or planes, according to information received by the American Jewish Conference, which is discussing the ban, as well as other matters (##) Greek Jews, with the State Department. Unofficial explanations in Athens say that the restrictions have been urged by British authorities.

Generally, the position of the surviving 10,000 Jews in Greece is rapidly deteriorating, the Conference has learned. Although an excellent restitution law is on the statute books, the government has taken no steps to implement it, leaving the Jews destitute. In addition, anti-Semitism, fostered in part by persons in possession of Jewish property, is growing.

Some officials of the government have openly discriminated against Jews, the reports reaching the Conference say. They cite the fact that although Jews are granted passports, it is impossible for them to obtain the necessary (##)ts from the exchange commission of the Bank of Greece, effectively barring them from leaving the country.

The Jewish community is particularly disturbed by the fact that Vial Hasson, who was sentenced to death in Salonika for his part in betraying 52,000 Jews to the Gestapo, is still alive and has been moved to Corfu where he resides in relative comfort and freedom as chauffeur to the prison director.

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