First Jewish Children’s Home in Post-war Germany Opened
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First Jewish Children’s Home in Post-war Germany Opened

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With 105 Jewish children from Berlin and various cities throughout West Germany on hand, the first permanent Jewish children’s home in post-Hitler Germany opened its doors at Schoenau Wembach in the Black Forest, 25 miles north of Basle.

The property was purchased by the Central Welfare Agency of Jews in Germany and will accommodate 105 children in each of three four-week vacation periods during the summer holidays. It will bear the name “Henriette Szold Home” and provide altho roughly Jewish atmosphere, ranging from kosher cuisine to skillful Jewish teachers as camp counselors.

Most of the youngsters encounter here a full-day Jewish atmosphere for the first time, since they live scattered among the German population. No Jewish parochial schools exist in Germany and it is a rare class where more than a single Jewish pupil is enrolled. Large cities such as Nuremberg or Bonn have less than half a dozen Jewish children.

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