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Unrra Polls Displaced Jews on Emigration Plans; First Vote Shows Palestine is Favored

February 3, 1946
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A questionnaire polling Jews in displaced persons camps in Germany on their desires for emigration and resettlement is being circulated by the Anglo-American Inquiry Committee on Palestine. The committee is using the facilities of UNRRA to distribute and collect the ballots.

The three questions, which are presented in English, Yiddish, and German, are; 1. Do you want to remain in Germany? 2. If not, do you want to settle in another European country? 3. If not, to which other country would you like to emigrate?

In the first polling, some 650 Jews at the Bamberg camp and another 1,200 at the Or Casdash camp, here, indicated their choices. Without exception none of the Jews desired to remain in Germany; an overwhelming number refused to go to any other European country; and almost every single Jew in both camps voted for emigration to Palestine.

Although there was room for a second choice on place of emigration, only five percent filled in that line. Most of those who voted for a second choice indicated the United States or some other country in the western hemisphere, while others insisted that if they could not go to Palestine, they chose the crematorium.

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