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Jewish Immigrants from Russia Protest Bad Treatment in Riga

Jewish immigrants arriving in Riga from Soviet Russia enroute to North or South America have been complaining of late of the many hardships they are obliged to endure. Many of these immigrants are forced to remain in Riga for several months until their passports can be visaed and until they can make arrangements to continue their journey.

During their stay in Riga they are obliged to spend all of their time in the Immigrants’ Home, the unsanitary conditions of which are one of the chief complaints. Often ten or twelve immigrants must live in a single room. Some of the more “affluent” immigrants are able to reside in the hotel belonging to the same man who owns the Immigrants’ Home. Here they must pay about a dollar a day, a huge sum for these people, while other people pay little more than fifty cents a day.

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