MUNICH (Feb. 11)
The Jewish displaced persons problem in Austria at present is “pretty stabilized” and there is practically no infiltration of Jewish refugees from the Balkans and Poland, Dr. William Haber, advisor on Jewish affairs the U.S. Amy, said today following a tour of inspection in Austria.
The only new development in the Jewish DP situation in Austria, Haber reported is that the Army is planning to close down the “New Palestine” camp near Salzburg and transfer the camp’s 500 inhabitants to other camps in the same area, “but no final decision on this has been reached.
Haber said that he had received assurances that displaced Jews who are now forced to work in the Austrian economy–following an Army ruling that they are subject to the country-wide compulsory work law–would not be employed in any kind of degrading work.” He asserted that displaced Jews in Austria are now registering for work in line with the new regulation, which stipulates that every displaced person must work or else lose his special DP status. Haber expressed the belief that the Jewish refugees would be assigned to mark of a constructive nature.