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Belgian Government Plans to Repatriate 26,000 Jews Deported to German Territory

February 26, 1945
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Repatriation of 26,000 Belgian Jews believed to be still alive in Germany is included in a plan prepared by the Belgian Government to repatriate 250,000 Belgians from German territory, it was reported here today.

It was estimated here that about 200,000 Jews were working in Silesian war factories prior to the Russian advance. It is believed that the majority of these have been moved into the interior of Germany. Other tens of thousands are understood to be in factories in Saxony and Bavaria.

Only 15,000 Jews remain in the fortress ghetto of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia of the 45,000 who were confined there last Summer and several thousand who were sent there subsequently, according to information reaching Ernst Frischer, Jewish deputy in the Czechoslovakian National Council. The fact that old people and children were among those deported from Theresienstadt is a cause for great anxiety, Mr. Frischer said, but he added that there have been indications that large numbers of Jews are still being used for forced labor in Germany, and it is possible, therefore, that the deported are among them, and were not sent to death camps.

The Mizrachi organization here has received a list of fifteen prominent Dutch rabbis deported by the Germans from Holland "to unknown destinations." The list included the Chief Rabbi of Amsterdam, the Grand Rabbi of Hoarlem and Rabbi de Jongh, director of the Rabbinical Seminary in Holland.

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