PARIS (May. 7)
A group of 10 Vietnamese youngsters have been “adopted” by a French Jewish children’s home which expects to take in more Vietnamese refugees. The first group, aged between 15 and 18, were brought to France by the Red Cross, and the Laversine Jewish Children’s Home offered to take in several dozen Vietnamese refugees.
The home, which has been active in raising Jewish refugee children since the first days of World War II, has arranged special food, cultural activities and even visits to local Buddhist temples. Some of the teachers are themselves-Vietnamese refugees hired for the special classes operated by the home. According to one staff member, the Vietnamese children “get along very well with the Jewish staff and the other Jewish children.”