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Plight of 5,000 Zbonszyn Deportees Daily Growing Worse

November 22, 1938
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The situation of 5,000 Polish Jewish deportees from Germany, who are entering the fourth week of their stay at the frontier station of Zbonszyn, is deteriorating daily. Despite the efforts of relief organizations, despair is growing among the exiles and is aggravated by the fact that not even children are being permitted to proceed to the interior although shelter would be provided for them by the TOZ, Jewish health society and other organizations.

At a meeting yesterday, the deportees, who are living for the most part in military stables, decided to leave Zbonszyn at their own risk. Relief volunteers said they were powerless to prevent the deportees from carrying out this “step of despair.”

The Polish press yesterday broke its long silence on the Zbonsyn exiles, publishing descriptions of their plight. Alarming reports concerning the refugees reached the Central Relief Committee here, one declaring that ten persons had suffered frostbite during recent nights. The committee announced it was facing the greatest difficulties in providing further maintenance for the exiles, which is costing $5,000 daily.

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