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Swiss Borders Opened to Children; Transport of Hungarian Jews Reaches Switzerland

August 23, 1944
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The first transport of Jews permitted by the pro-Nazi Hungarian Government to emigrate from Hungary arrived in Basle, Switzerland last night on a special train under the care of the Swiss Red Cross.

The group consists of 320 Jewish men, women and children from Budapest and vicinity. The refugees will be interned in a Swiss refugee camp for the duration of the war.

The Swiss Government announced today that it will admit any child from German-held territory reaching the Swiss frontiers, providing it is under 14 years of age. Such children will not be asked for passports or visas usually required from adults, the announcement said.

The refugee children will be permitted to remain in Switzerland until it is safe for them to return to their native lands, the Swiss announcement said, adding that the young refugees will be taken care of by the International Red Cross with funds raised by public subscriptions.

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