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Forty Thcusand Jews Are “literally Rotting” in Casabianca Ghetto, Ort Leaders Report

Forty thousand Jews “are literally rotting” in the Casablanca mellah, Mrs. Ludwig Kaphan, national president of Women’s American Ort, told a press conference here today following her return from a visit to North Africa and Israel. “The mellah of Casablanca is the largest and the most horrible of the North African ghettos, where an estimated half-million Jews are threatened with moral and physical disintegration.”

Mrs. Kaphan contrasted the listless apathy and the sickly pallor of the Jews in North African mellahs with the vigor and enthusiasm of the young Jewish nation. “Israel is building a new life for the Jews,” she said.