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4,000 Jewish Survivors of Nazi Camps Issue Manifesto to World, Ask Justice for Jews

August 1, 1945
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An appeal to “all the free peoples of the world” for justice for the Jews, in the form of a manifesto which will soon be published throughout the world, was completed here today by representatives of 4,000 surviving victims of the concentration camps of Buchenwald, Bergen-Belsen, Dachau, Auswitz, Theresienstadt and Mauthausen, who are now in Switzerland.

“Representatives of all other of Hitler’s victims are called upon to gather within the United Nations and to collaborate with a view to compensation for the damages suffered through Hitler’s war machine and to prepare for a better future,” the Manifesto reads, “However, we members of the Jewish people, who in many cases are without nationality and have no place to go, are left aside. Seemingly, the world wants to forget about us. No government of our own is backing us. “We were not invited to send representatives to the San Francisco Security Conference, and no member of the Jewish people is participating in the work of the United Nations War Crimes Commission.

“In the name of Jewish survivors of the German concentration camps, and in the name of all organized or non-organized Jews who have not had opportunity to voice an opinion, we demand, first, equality with all other nations, second, a national home in the country of our forefathers, third, representation wherever other nations are gathering, fourth, compensation for damages suffered by the Jewish people in their totality, and fifth, the right to influence the migration of Jews in former occupied countries.”

“In the name of our victime and our fighters for freedom, in the name of the heroes of Warsaw, Bialystok, Lwow, in the name of the Yugoslav, the Greek and the French maquisards, we appeal to all men of good will to come to our aid in the struggle for freedom of equality of the Jewish people,” the manifesto concludes.

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