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Bordeaux Crowded with Refugees; Jewish Groups Plan Emergency Offices

June 5, 1940
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This Atlantic seaport, not far from the Spanish frontier, is the center of thousands of Jewish refugees from Belgium and evacuees from France, as well as thousands of non-Jewish French and Belgian refugees As a result, the city looks like a huge camp.

The influx has resulted in severe overcrowding. The Jewish community is trying its best to give shelter to arriving Jewish refugees. Individual Jews are taking refugees into their homes, converting parlors into sleeping quarters. Nevertheless, many are still unable to find lodgings and some sleep in any public building to which they can gain entrance for the night.

Central Jewish organizations in Paris have reserved offices here to be used in case of emergency. These organizations include the Joint Distribution Committee, the HIAS-ICA Emigration Association, the Jewish Colonization Association, the World Jewish Congress and the French Federation of Jewish Societies.

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