VIENNA (Jan. 27)
Some 2,000 displaced Jews at the Bindermichl camp, near Linz, today rejected a U.S. Army demand that they evacuate the camp, reportedly to make room for dependents of military personnel.
The Jews refuse to move to any other camp until their status in relation to immigration to Israel is clarified. They are concerned over the military authorities’ demand for a complete and hasty evacuation of the camp. Instead, they ask that it be cleared by degrees.
Meanwhile, Jewish organizations here are of the opinion that the speedy transfer of Jewish DP’s depends on a change in the present military government regulations, which prevent the leaving of displaced Jews of military age. Such a change, the Jewish organizations point out, would permit some 5,000 DP’s to leave Austria by the end of April. Harold Trobe, Joint Distribution Committee director for Austria, suggested that tie 3,000 Jews who remain after that time those who are too ill to move and these who choose to immigrate to places other than Israel could be housed in two large camps in the U.S. zone.