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Most of 8,000 Jews in Berlin Are over 50; Few Youths Among Survivors

January 22, 1946
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Sixty percent of the 8,000 members of the Jewish community here are over the age of 50 and only five percent are under 18, Erich Nelhans, president of the Jewish Council, revealed today. He added that there were 25 doctors and 15 lawyers among the members.

Nelhans said that the community has provided 10,000 meals, given clothing to thousands of Jews returning home, and distributed grant of from 500 to 2,000 marks among the destitute who were unable to earn a living. The community, he added, runs a hospital of 350 beds and a nursery for 60 orphan. These two institutions care for Jews and non-Jews.

Expenses thus far have been covered by a loan of 100,000 marks as well as a non-recurrent contribution by the city council of 150,000 marks, Nelhans said. The city also has four prayer houses, including three reconstructed synagogues, Nelhans concluded.

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