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Agreement Likely Between U.S. Zones of Germany, Austria for Transfer of Jewish Dp’s

The present progress of negotiations between the American authorities in Austria and those in Germany for the transfer of several tens of thousands of Jewish refugees from the United States zone of Austria to Germany indicate that there is no likelihood of agreement to permit the legal transfer, it was learned today.

Among the claims advanced by the Army officers in Germany is that permitting the migration would encourage further infiltration of Rumanian, Hungarian and Polish Jews to Austria as a way station to Germany. To this argument is added the point that if conditions are sufficiently miserable in the Austrian camps, the prospective infiltrees will be discouraged and remain where they are. It was also pointed out that the camps in Germany are already overcrowded and food rations are on a low level.

Despite the absence of a formal agreement for the transfer of refugees between the two zones, it is expected that informal infiltration across the Austro-German border will continue as it has for the past few months.