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Clay Statement Indicates U.S. Army Has Sealed German Borders to Dp’s Seeking to Leave

May 15, 1947
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Gen. Lucius D. Clay, American Commander in Germany, today confirmed indirectly that the U.S. military authorities have sealed the borders of their zone against illegal emigration by displaced persons.

At a press conference here, Gen. Clay stated that the American position remains unchanged — anyone leaving the U.S. zone must have an exit permit. He said that this was a long-standing procedure in all four zones.

What the Army will not admit, however, is that up until a few weeks ago it permitted small groups to leave Germany without permits. Lost of these consisted of Jews seeking to reach Palestine by so-called illegal means.

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