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Jewish Refugees in Berlin Defy Russian Order to Move to Camp; Flee to Other Zones

January 8, 1946
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When municipal officials went this morning with transport and three days rations for 1,400 Polish Jews in the oranienburgerstrasse hotel whom the Soviet authorities had ordered to be moved to a camp at Prenzlau, 60 miles north of Berlin, they found the building completely empty except for the German charwomen clearing up.

These 1,400 Jews have scattered over Berlin, presumably in the United States, British and French sectors. German Jewish community officials who run the hostel said: “When the Polish Jews heard they were to go to the camp at Prenzlau, they packed their belongings and went. They refuse to go back to Poland.”

At another refugee center in the Russian sector, in the Rykerstrasse, six German policemen were on duty to prevent 400 Polish Jews there from leaving, but last night the refugees stormed the exit, swept aside the unarmed police and escaped. There are about 2,000 more Polish Jewish refugees in camps in the French sector of Berlin and they have not been instructed to leave.

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