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U.s Army Plans Removal of Displaced Jews from One of Best Camps; Inmates Protest


The United States Army is giving serious consideration to taking over one of the best Jewish displaced persons camps in Germany in order to provide housing for the civilian employees of international airlines soon to be quartered here, it was learned today.

This contemplated expropriation is being strongly opposed by officials of the International Refugee Organization because, they say, that move would disrupt the Palestine emigration schedule which is soon to be inaugurated. The proposed seizure is also certain to meet with the strong disapproval of Dr. William Haber, advisor on Jewish affairs to Gen. Lucius D. Clay, U.S. Military Governor in the European theatre, when he returns two weeks hence from his trip to Israel.

This move, now under study in the Army’s Civil Affairs Division, would transplant the 1,300 inmates of the Stuttgart west camp to Heidenheim and Ulm, about 50 miles distant. Heidenheim has modern apartment houses like Stuttgart-West, and the I.R.O. estimates that it would take 1,000 now without overcrowding, but the Ulm camp is much inferior and, in addition, the I.R.O. objects to the emigration schedule. Those DP’s who have lived at Stuttgart-West for three years echo the same protests and add that any such move, under the best of circumstances, would mean a major and complicated operation for them.

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