More than 500 former Nazi concentration camp inmates will descend on Washington, D. C. Friday?
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Background: More than 500 former Nazi concentration camp inmates will descend on Washington, D. C. Friday evening, May 7th and will begin a full-day of activities on Saturday morning, May 8th in the most unique commemoration of the 20th anniversary of V-E Day: a "picket" of the White House in which banners will thank the United States Army for liberating Nazi concentration camp victims and an historic gathering in the Caucus Room of the New Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill at which U. S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy (D.-L.-N.Y.) among others will participate. They will be joined by a contingent of former Soviet Labor Camp inmates.
It is not known yet whether President Johnson will see a delegation of those gathering in front of The White House. Earlier in the morning the 500 former Nazi victims will leave their Ambassador and Hamilton Hotel headquarters and go by special buses for a brief ceremony at the Arlington, Va. graveside of the late President John F. Kennedy.
After their visit they will immediately go to Capitol Hill. Before noon they will stop briefly for a ceremony at the new memorial to FDR in front of the Archives Building.
The picketing of The White House will be followed by a brief "Thank You U.S.A." meeting in or near Lafayette Park at which Jacob T. Zukerman, President of the Workmen's Circle, world's largest Jewish labor-cultural organisation will be among the speakers. The Jewish Labor Committee, a national human rights organisation, is co-sponsoring the May 8th "Thank You U.S.A.!" delegation.