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86 Percent of Foehrenwald DP’s Wish to Remain in Germany

Some 86 percent of the 1,200 Jewish DP’s at Foehrenwald, the last Jewish DP camp in Germany, have indicated a desire for permanent or temporary integration into the German economy, study of the results of a questionnaire recently sent to the DP’s by the Bavarian Government revealed today.

In preparation for the scheduled closing of the camp early next year, the Bavarian authorities asked the DP’s how many expect to be able to leave Germany by that time. Only 8.5 percent answered affirmatively, although both the Joint Distribution Committee and the German Government have agreed to give them transportation assistance and the JDC will give immigrants some aid in their new homes.

Thirty-one percent of the DP’s indicated a desire to remain in Germany permanently. Fifty-five percent asked to remain temporarily in the hope that they would be able to leave later for countries of their choice–usually the United States and Canada. Two and one half percent are chronically ill people who will be sent to German health institutions. Most of the Jews who decided to remain chose either Munich or Frankfurt for the city in which they would like to settle.

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