Monday, September 12, 2005

Campaign to Locate Jews Hidden in Shoah

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Campaign to Locate Jews Hidden in Shoah

60 year after the end of World War II, the Yad L'Achim organization has begun working on identifying over 2,000 Jews who were hidden as children in convents and monestaries and with Christian families across Europe.  According to information received by the organization, after the war the church refused to allow baptized children to be returned to the Jewish community, even in cases where the parents demanded them back.

The church also did not allow any information about these children, such as names or addresses, to be released to Jewish organizations who sought to locate them.  Therefore, only a small number of Jewish children were returned to their families.  Yad L'Achim has set up a base in Holland, where over 1,000 of these "hidden children", now well into old age, are believed to be found.  They are also making efforts to locate hidden Jews in France, Belgium and Italy.  A team of investigators, detectives, psychologists and lawyers is assisting Yad L'Achim in its search.


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