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Over Fourth of Jewish Alien Volunteers in Belgium Are from Reich

November 3, 1939
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More than one-fourth of the 8,321 foreign Jews who have volunteered for the Belgian national service are from Germany, it was revealed here today. A break-down of statistics on the nationality of the volunteers showed 2,387 German Jews, 2,269 Polish Jews, 1,053 “stateless,” 937 from Austria and 265 from Czecho-Slovakia.

Only one in every three refugees in Belgium enjoys full legal guarantees, it was disclosed in an article on the refugee problem in the current issue of La Revue Socialiste. The author, Socialist Deputy Isabelle Blume-Gregoire, states that the majority of the refugees are entirely dependent on private organizations such as the Jewish Refugee Committee and the Catholic Refugee Committee. She said they lived on 45 or 50 francs a week, would like to work but their residence permits did not permit them to take up any employment.

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