Jewish Refugees in China Face Difficult Situation
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Jewish Refugees in China Face Difficult Situation

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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency Mail Service)

The Jewish emigrants in China are living through a difficult time. according to a report received here by the Jewish Emigration Society. Hias-Ica-Emigdirekt, from its offices in Harbin.

“We have just obtained reports from Jewish emigrants in Hankow, the seat of the Kuomintang Government,” says the report. “which show that the greatest part of the foreigners have left the area, and that as a result of the general chaos, the emigrants have no work. All of them would gladly go to Shanghai. Tienstsien. or Harbin but the cost of travelling on the Yangste River now is probibitive. The journey from Hankow to Shanghai takes five days and costs at least $75. The Jewish emigrants, who have no money and have not all the necessary papers find themselves in geat trouble.”

The office also draws attention to a recent report published in the Jewish Press in America and Europe through the Jewish Telegraphic Agency to the effect that the Jews in China are doing good service in the military forces. “This report.” it says. “emanates from ‘Israel’s Messenger’. the organ of the wealthy Jews of Shanghai, who spend $300,000 on a new synagogue, but will not let a Jewish emigrant over their dogrstep. The fact is that it is impossible for a Jew to do military service because the dominant spirit in the Shanghai army is that of the Russian Black Hundreds, of the officers of Kolchak and Semenov.”

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