16 Children Reach ‘model Town’
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16 Children Reach ‘model Town’

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Sixteen refugee children today arrived at the Greenbelt, Md., "model town" built by the Government on the outskirts of Washington, to be guests of the community for a two-week vacation. Most of them are children of prominent Jewish professional people who fled from Vienna, Nuremburg and Frankfort, and they include the son of Wlater Kulka, noted pathologist, and the sons and daughters of Judge Freydberg.

Members of the Greenbelt Citizens’ Association, only a few of whom are Jewish, underwrote the children’s trip, paying transportation expenses and opening all the town’s recreational resources, including swimming pools, tennis courts and theaters, to them free of charge. They will receive medical examinations from the town’s Cooperative Health Association and will be guests of the town’s Girl Scouts.

It was feared for a time that Maryland’s refugee laws might forestall Greenbelt’s offer to take the children and help adjust them to American surroundings, but J. Milton Patterson, director of the Maryland Department of Public Welfare, stated that "neither the licensing not the importation laws apply in this case."

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