Many Lithuanian Jews Leave for South Africa
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Many Lithuanian Jews Leave for South Africa

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An average of 220 Jews are leaving Lithuania every month to settle in countries overseas, according to a report received from the Hias-Ica-Emigdirect. The Jewish emigrants constitute 30 percent of the total number of emigrants leaving Lithuania. Of the number who leave monthly approximately 80 go to South Africa, 70 to South America, 40 to Canada and 30 to Palestine, Cuba and other countries. More than 33 percent of the monthly quota of Jewish emigrants go to British dominions.

The report gives encouraging facts regarding the condition of the Jewish immigrants in these new countries, particularly in South Africa. The Jews who have gone to South Africa are adapting themselves quickly to local conditions, are finding work and are already sending money to their families who have remained at home.

Beginning with the month of August when the central office of Hias-Ica-Emigdirect in Berlin came to an agreement with the shipping companies regarding reduced rates, 174 Jewish emigrants from Lithuania availed themselves of this concession. Among these were 17 entire families, 19 women, children and young people. 75 percent of the emigrants were artisans, 18 percent without any definite occupation, most of them being former merchants and 10 percent children. These emigrants, on the average, saved 500 litt ($50.), the total sum saved amounting to 37,500 litt ($3,750.). Similar concessions were granted to Jewish emigrants going to Cuba and Mexico.

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