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Ort Seeks to Speed Demobilization of French Jewish Troops

October 10, 1940
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The ORT is making efforts to speed demobilization nation of Jewish soldiers, principally foreign, in unoccupied France and find employment for them. Seventy already have been released from a camp at Toulouse under a guaranty by the ORT that it would secure work for them and provide for their upkeep, it was learned here.

French soldiers were the first demobilized since in virtually all cases they could return to some kind of work but the problem was far more complex in relation to foreign Jewish volunteers and members of the Polish units. These men, most of whom could not return to jobs and were forbidden to return to the occupied zone, were kept mobilized. Forced to live under difficult conditions many of these despaired of being released. A number committed suicide or sought to escape from the military encampments.

The plan of the ORT, evolved after talks between Dr. Syngalowski, its vice-president and French military and civil officials is designed to secure demobilization of these men by pledges that work will be found for them, either in ORT-controlled establishments or elsewhere.

Polish consular officials promised to cooperate with the ORT in this plan and offered financial help when it was pointed out that the organization planned to make also non-Jewish soldiers benefit by its scheme. The ORT expects that the men under its care will after a period of training be able to find work on their own, either in France or abroad.

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