Approximately fifty percent of the 5,048 Jewish aliens who arrived in this country during the first seven months of the present year were German-Jewish refugees coming either directly from Germany or from other European countries to which they fled, according to the report just made public by the Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society. The report, under the signature of Isaac L. Asofsky, general manager of the society, covers the period from January 1 through September 30 of this year.
The report, which is devoted to all phases of the work of HIAS, indicates the wide range of service to immigrants offered by the society. It reveals that 76,462 persons consulted Hias during the nine month period on various matters regarding immigration and emigration.
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4,405 requests from persons abroad to trace their relatives in this country were received, and in the majority of cases the persons sought were located and relationship with their people on the other side re-established. The Citizenship Bureau aided 4,340 persons in drawing up the necessary papers required for naturalization purposes and in connection therewith, 1,388 records of arrivals were verified from the Hias files in order to establish time and place of landing of these applicants for citizenship papers.
The Hias Department of Shelter continued to provide food and lodging to the homeless and unemployed. During the period under review, 282,762 meals were given and 38,731 nights of shelter provided. The Employment Bureau, connected with this department, placed 278 persons in jobs.
Among other services rendered by Hias were:
Four hundred and eight steamers carrying Jewish passengers were met upon arrival by a HIAS representative and 3,219 Jewish aliens out of the total number of Jewish aliens received direct service from HIAS representatives at the pier.