JDC Subsidizes 13,000 Summer Campers in Europe, North Africa and Iran

The Joint Distribution Committee subsidized free summer camps for 13,000 needy Jewish children in seven countries of Europe and North Africa and in Iran, it was reported here today by Louis D. Horwitz, director general of the JDC.

Mr. Horwitz said that in Morocco, over 1,000 children, mostly from the ghettoes of Casablanca and Marrakech, spend from two to four weeks in six JDC-supported camps, and a day-camp on the outskirts of Tunis provided summer holidays for 250 children. The JDC leader said he was happy that it was possible this summer to resume the camping programs in Morocco and Tunisia which were interrupted in 1967 because of unsettled conditions that followed the Middle East War.

According to Mr. Horwitz, this year’s campers included 37 youngsters from Eastern Europe who were accommodated at a youth camp near Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia. Thirty-one of them were from Czechoslovakia and two from Rumania. He said that the largest number of Jewish summer camps in Europe are in France where collectively they provided summer vacations for nearly 10,000 children and youths.

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