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10,000 Immigrants Helpless if Hias Gives Up Work in Europe, Speakers Warn

Ten thousand Jewish immigrants will remain helpless if the Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), an American organization whose work is to facilitate the lawful entry of Jewish immigrants at the various ports of the United States, Mexico and South America, and to prevent them from becoming public charges, abandons its relief activities in Europe, it was announced by speakers at a conference of Jewish communal workers and press representatives, called in connection with the report that the HIAS was about to abandon its relief work in Europe.

Notwithstanding the fact that several new countries have recently adopted immigration restrictions, among them Canada and Mexico and South Africa, Jewish emigration from Eastern Europe has nevertheless increased in the last few months, the speakers at the meeting declared. They pointed out that this was due to the fact that the Hicem, world Jewish organization for immigration, had prepared the emigrants and had intervened in their behalf with the governments of the respective countries of immigration.

Consequently the conference has decided to appeal to American Jews to help the HIAS continue its work in Europe. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency learns that an appeal to this effect will be made shortly. Among those who are expected to sign the appeal are Dr. Eduard Bernstein, Dr. Leo Baeck, Chaim Nachman Bialik, Prof. Simeon Dubnow, Sholom Asch and the chief rabbi of France, Dr. Israel Levi.

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