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Displaced Jews in British Zone Who Refused to Move to Dp Camps Win Grant of Apaptments

January 19, 1947
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Sixty-five displaced Jews who barricaded themselves in the synagogue at Lubeck, in northern Germany, more than two weeks ago and refused to move to a DP camp, won a victory today when British occupation authorities agreed to assign apartments to them.

The Jews, who had been living in Lubeck for nearly a year and had succeeded in establishing some sort of community life centered around the ancient synagogue there, were suddenly ordered moved to a DP camp at Neustadt, in Schleswig-Holstein, to make room for homeless Germans.

Pointing to the 50 houses belonging to murdered or exiled Lubeck Jews which have not been returned to the Jewish community, the DP’s demanded that they be given quarters in those buildings. Following strenuous intercession by representatives of the Central Jewish Relief Organization, the authorities agreed to assign apartments to the 65 DP’s.

A similar situation with regard to Jewish property exists in Hamburg. None of the many houses, stores and other buildings which formerly belonged to Jews have been returned to the community. The city’s Senate is permitting the community to use some of the buildings, however, and has assigned a 50-bed hospital for exclusive Jewish use. But the large, well-equipped Jewish hospital is still operated by the city administration.

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