Zubeck (Sep. 23)
Jewish organizations today distributed supplementary food supplies to the 4,400 Exodus refugees confined in two camps near here, for use in their Yom Kippur eve and Yom Kippur night meals.
Meanwhile, the British camp authorities resumed the screening program, despite their admitted failure last week to secure any information from the deportees. The British are fully determined not to permit any of the Jews to leave the camps until they are screened, which probably means that the refugees will be here for an indefinite period.
There were reports today that the British will make a new offer to the refugees next week, but its details are not known. However, nobody here expects any change in the Jews’ status until Parliament reconvenes next month, and some over-all action on Palestine and DP’s is taken.
The local authorities seem ready to keep the refugees here all winter if necessary. Their chief reason for resuming screening is the hope that by so doing they will avoid the criticism that they are keeping the 4,400 Jews in the camps for no reason. They also hope that perhaps some of the internees will weaken and reveal information on how they left Germany, where they went before they reached Sete where they embarked on the Exodus and who helped them.
A five-man commission representing the needle-trades unions and industries in Canada arrived in Belsen today to start selecting 1,000 displaced persons for immigration to Canada. The commission will spend Yom Kippur in Belsen and will then proceed to other refugee centers in the British zone. After completing the selection of refugees in this area, the commission will go to the American zone.