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Hias Representative Sent to Guatemala As Jews Begin Settling There

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It is evident that Jews from Eastern Europe are not only immigrating to South American countries but are going to Central America as well, as information received by Abraham Herman, president of the Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society of America (Hias) indicates.

Hias has received a letter from the Young Men’s Hebrew Association of Guatemala City, signed by Alfredo Rubin, chairman; Elihu Berlin, secretary, and a number of others, stating that emigrants from Russia, Poland and other European countries are coming to Guatemala. The writers describe the difficulties encountered by the new arrivals, saying, “this country has no industries, and every new arrival has to undergo great hardships before being able to make a living.”

In view of this, the Hias has requested the director of the Jewish Immigrant Aid Bureau in Cuba, which was organized and is now subsidized by Hias, to proceed to Guatemala, investigate conditions and report immediately to the Hias, so that the necessary steps for the organization of immigrant aid work in that country may be undertaken at once.

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