London (Aug. 25)
The officer commanding the British troops aboard the three transports carrying the Exodus refugees today told a Reuters correspondent on the Runnymede Park, one of the vessels, that information reaching him from all three ships indicated that the passengers would not resist disembarkation in Hamburg. He cited no basis for his optimism.
However, the correspondent reports that the deportees are hard at work fashioning shofars and other ritualistic material from scraps of tin cans and packing cases in preparation for Rosh Hashanah, which falls on Sept. 15-16. This would seem to indicate that the refugees expect to remain aboard ship, since the transports are expected to reach Hamburg several days before the 15th.