Ben Zion Werbin

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The main points of the testimony of Professor Ben-Zion Werbin, while head of the Pediatrics dept. at Hadassah hospital in 1949-51, and in later years, before the committee's private investigators.

According to his testimony many children were transferred to WIZO or to other social workers since it was impossible to find their parents because they arrived with no registration accompanied by the driver only.

The method of transferring children without registration so they become waifs, was the common method, especially with Yemenis, following the separations between parents and children in Ein-Shemer camp and other transit camps (Rosa Kucinski, ambulance drivers, Nathan Shifris and thousands of parents' testimonies).

The majority arrived due to "poor nutrition" which is, for those who don't know, a code name for: "Damn, we had to write something". Professor Werbin claims that the doctors had no connection to or responsibility for the children from the moment they recovered and given (sometimes even to those who "presented themselves as institution workers"!!) however, he attests that there was a tight connection between Hadassah in Tel-Aviv and WIZO in Tel-Aviv, and that he even used to check children there. In addition, he said that Yemeni children died more but later adds that Yemeni babies were also transferred also to Kazko institution in Ramat-Gan (which belongs to the "Working Mothers Organization". More on that "institution" to follow).

In short, Professor Werbin testifies that children who had parents were given for adoption without their (parents') knowledge and certainly without their consent.

Varda Fuchs who was given to adoption in WIZO in 1950 was one of them.

Hadassah was a private chain that established a chain of *public* (city urban) hospitals and according to many testimonies dealt also with child kidnapping and abduction attempts.

In any case, in 1950 – exactly at the time when Werbin testified about the process in Hadassah - the Health Ministry's head of hospitals sends a warning letter to all governmental hospitals describing how the exact same process is happening there:

"Children left the hospitals without coming back with to their parents. Apparently, quick people who were interested in adoption were found". (attached in the reply).

It is called a system.

And it was very efficient.

The investigators strongly recommended to summon Professor Werbin to the committee.

The committee summoned him.

*his testimony is attached*

A few testimonies regarding Hadassah in Tel-Aviv:

A testimony of a Yemenite family who experienced a kidnap attempt in Hadassah:

A testimony of a person regarding the disappearance of his brother who was not sick:

A testimony of a Yemeni woman who gave birth in Hadassah and was expelled right after giving birth Hospital records are not clear where the baby disappeared to: