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Benes Asks for International Plan on Repatriation of Deported Jews in Europe

April 11, 1944
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With the Russian Army at the borders of pre-war Czechoslovakia, President Eduard Benes, of the Czechoslovakian government-in-Exile, today stated that the problem of repatriating deported Czechoslovakian Jews after the war will confront his regimes with difficulties.

Without specifying the difficulties, President Benes suggested that the question of repatriating deported Jews must be solved internationally “on the basis of defined and unified principles binding all countries.” Otherwise, he pointed out, such repatriation would not be possible.

The Czechoslovak President emphasized that Jews deported by the Nazis have been dispersed all over Eastern Europe. The basic principle, he declared, is that Jews should return to their own countries from where they were exiled, but this problem, too, must be settled in common with other states, he said.

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