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Hundreds of Orphaned Children En Route to Palestine Attend Seder in Marseilles

April 18, 1946
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The French steamer Champollion is scheduled to leave here tonight for Haifa, carrying more than 700 Jewish children and a few adults to Palestine. It will be the second refugee vessel to sail this week, the Cairo City having departed from here on Monday afternoon with 171 European Jews bound for Palestine.

On Monday evening, a gay seder was arranged for the children at Camp Languedoc near Marseilles. Speakers included Ruth Kluger of the Jewish Agency; Abbot Kaplan of the Joint Distribution Committee; Raphael Spanien of Hias; and other welfare workers.

The children, whose ages range from three to 16, appear healthy and well fed and are impatient to begin life anew in Palestine. Almost all are veterans of concentration camps and most are orphans.

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