Deportees in Desperate Plight As Relief Funds Dwindle; Berlin Parley Strikes Snag
Menu JTA Search

Deportees in Desperate Plight As Relief Funds Dwindle; Berlin Parley Strikes Snag

Download PDF for this date

Cabled funds from the United States and money orders from Poland and other countries for 1,000 of 5,000 Nazi-deported Polish Jews lay unclaimed and undelivered at the Zbonszyn post office today while refugee relief leaders announced that funds at their disposal would enable them to carry on for only a few days more. The cabled and wired money, sent by relatives, could not be turned over because the post office officials found it impossible to locate the addressees.

Meanwhile, a majority of the exiles were on the brink of complete despair, pleading that they be taken away from the frontier city where they were dumped by Germany last weekend before they go mad. the relief organization has succeeded in accommodating a third of the refugees in private houses, but 1,100 were still housed in a huge stable while 2,000 were quartered in an unfinished flour mill, a synagogue and elsewhere, without light, heating or sanitary conveniences.

Ninety exiles who had been kept at the frontier station of Trzel have arrived in Zbonszyn. Food supplies were permitted to be sent today to 42 refugees marooned in the no man’s land between the Polish and German frontiers. Among the refugees was discovered to be a family which had been arrested and deported by Germany despite the fact that it possessed an American visa.

A delegation from the Warsaw Refugee Committee visited the Minister of Interior yesterday and asked permission for the removal of the refugees from Zbonszyn. It was understood that a decision was being held up pending outcome of the Warsaw-Berlin negotiations on the status of the Polish Jews in Germany.

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund