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Families of Refugees in U.S. Camps Will Be Reunited Rosh Hashanah

September 4, 1942
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Husbands and fathers of anti-Nazi refugee families interned in camps in various states as Axis nationals will be reunited on Rosh-Hashana with wives and children from whom they have been separated for several months, it was learned here today. The reunion will take place at Camp Seagoville, Texas, where the National Refugee Service has made arrangements for a rabbi to conduct religious services for the interned Jewish families during the forthcoming High Holidays.

The Dallas Refugee Committee, cooperating with the NRS, will extend hospitality to the internees all of whom have been brought to the United States from Latin American countries where they resided before those countries broke off relations with the Axis powers.

The arrest of the refugee families, all of whom escaped from the Nazi regime in Europe, came about when the governments of Panama, the Dominican Republic, and other Latin-American countries took into custody German and Austrian nationals within their borders several months ago, and included the obviously non-subversive refugees along with outright enemy aliens. Those arrested were transferred to the United States for safekeeping for the duration of the war or for repatriation to their native countries. The wives and children of the Jewish refugees accompanied their men folk to this country as voluntary internees, but were separated from them when they were placed at the United States immigration camp at Seagoville and the men were sent on to actual internment camps.

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