Hamburg (Sep. 1)
All Jews in the Foresters Infantry Regiment, which is to conduct the disembarkation of the Exodus refugees, will be temporarily transferred to other units, it was learned today. Some have already been given new assignments.
The soldiers assigned to the disembarkation, most of whom are young conscripts who have had no battle experience, have been receiving gas training and practice in the use of gas masks. Tension between the authorities and the Jews in the British zone is growing as the date of the prison ships’ arrival nears.
Meanwhile, the Central Committee of Jews in the British zone, together with several private aid agencies, today issued a statement in which they pointed out that they will provide assistance to the Exodus Jews only after removal of the armed British guards and the barbed wire surrounding the two camps where the deportees are scheduled to be housed. The statement also conditioned their help on the removal of the “prisoner status” of the Jews and only if the refugees themselves ask for assistance. The voluntary agencies added that in the interim period they will extend aid to the ill and children wherever such aid may be necessary.