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Jewish Dp’s in U.S. Zone in Germany Receive Extra Food Ration for Holidays from Army

September 29, 1946
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In order to help them celebrate the High Holidays, displaced Jews in the American zone were issued extra food rations consisting of 16 tons of meat, 38 tons of flour, six tons of butter, two tons of honey and seven tons of raisins, U.S. Army headquarters announced today.

The food issue came after displaced and German Jews, and Allied military and civilian personnel attended Rosh Hashonah services in makeshift synagogues throughout the American zone.

Services in the larger cities were mainly held in buildings converted for the holidays, such as the Berlin Rathaus and a university auditorium in Munich. Most DP camps used regular synagogues, while the newer camps which are still without chapels converted their mess halls or other spacious chambers. Army chaplains also conducted services throughout the zone for troops and civilian employees, with DP’s permitted to attend.

Another holiday event took place at a newly opened camp for Jewish DP children 40 miles from Munich, with the first distribution of Junior Red Cross packages contributed by American school children. The 1,300 Jewish children received packages from every section of the U.S., containing toilet articles, toys, games and school supplies.

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