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GERMANY: 40¢ Refugees

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40¢ Refugees

In Berlin one morning last week 100 Jewish children piled aboard a special car on a train for the Hook of Holland. At the German border they were joined by 100 others from the Hamburg area. They were the vanguard of some 5,000 persecuted German youngsters whom a British committee headed by Jewish Viscount Samuel has arranged to settle in English homes. And they were the first refugees who have enjoyed the cooperation of the Reich in getting out.

The cooperation was something less than generous. Each refugee was permitted to take along only one mark (40¢) and a rucksack of clothes. Everything of value, including cameras and jewelry, was stripped from them by German frontier guards. At the Hook they were hustled aboard a cross-channel steamer, transported to Harwich, England, where they will be housed in an unused holiday camp until permanent homes are provided.

Towards removing the 700,000 Jews still in greater Germany, nothing definite was done last week. A number of plans were under consideration, none near conclusion nor application.

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