Berlin Parliament Discusses Taking over Jewish Community Hospital

Plans for the establishment of a special charitable foundation to take over the famous old Jewish Hospital here, on Iranstrasse, were discussed today in the Berlin Parliament, as well as by various factions of the Berlin Jewish Community;

The hospital, which was a very modern institution when it was expropriated by the Nazi regime, was turned back to the Jewish community in 1945; All sides agree that the institution is now run down; About 95 percent of the hospital’s activities serve the Berlin population as a whole; The institution, which has 279 beds, is constantly overcrowded.

A group of members of the Jewish community, calling themselves the Independent Jewish Union, oppose turning the hospital over to a new foundation. The opponents fear that the new foundation would take over not only the hospital itself but also some administrative buildings belonging to the Jewish community here; The total value of the hospital and the other buildings is about 5,000,000 Deutschemarks ($1,250,000) which represents about 40 percent of the Jewish community’s total public assets.

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