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U.J.A. Delegation Stirred by Conditions in Camp for Displaced Jews in Germany

February 4, 1948
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The United Jewish Appeal delegation touring Europe end Palestine to study the up-to-the-minute needs of the Jews on the Continent and of the Jewish state today had its first introduction to the life of a displaced Jew–at the Fahrenwald camp. The consensus of opinion following the first few hours of inspection was “that the DP camps and life in them are even more heart-breaking than we anticipated.”

Plodding through the ankle-deep mud, each delegate was surrounded by a large member of DP’s. The refugees asked many questions of the delegation, the most frequent of which were: “What’s going to happen to us?” and “When do we move out of here?”

The delegates were informed that the food situation in the camp has been deteriorating steadily. The refugees explained that the International Refugee organization is practically not functioning because of inadequate funds and said that the basic food ration consists almost entirely of soup, potatoes, oatmeal, macaroni and other starches with little fats, fresh meat and vegetables. They told the delegation that they depend on the Joint Distribution Committee for supplement-any food supplies.

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