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Roosevelt Offers Aid to Two Dutch Jewish Children

September 23, 1940
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The identity of the two Dutch refugee children whose passage to the United States and maintenance has been guaranteed by President Roosevelt was revealed here today. They are Elias Klein 15 years old and his sister, Josephine, 14, who arrived in England in an open boat after spending seven days on the high seas. They escaped from Amsterdam the night of the German invasion. Prof. Weinteraud of Cornell University has guaranteed passage and maintenance of the children’s parents.

President Roosevelt’s interest in the children was aroused by a letter to Mrs. Roosevelt from Mrs. Maurice Lubbock stationed at the Cheyne Hospital for Children in London, where the two had been sent for hospital care. Mrs. Roosevelt, as honorary chairman of the United States Committee for Care of European Children referred the letter to the committtee. The President learned of the case and cabled to London offering to pay for their transportation and care. He also asked to be kept informed as to the progress of the measures being taken in behalf of the children.

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