Jewish immigrants to the number of 1,819 passed through the port of Rio de Janeiro last year, according to figures disclosed Friday by the Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS). Men totalled 886, women 548 and children 385.
Almost half the arrivals were German Jews, according to the announcement, which was based on a report received from the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society in the Brazilian capital. This organization is an affiliate of HIAS.
The next largest contingent, 749, came from Poland, 133 were from Rumania and the others originated in Hungary, Russia, Palestine, Latvia, France, Austria, Lithuania and Ireland.
Of the immigrants, 1,435 established themselves in Rio and environs. For those who went to other cities, the society obtained reduced rates on transportation lines.
In the course of 1934, the local committee provided 10,837 meals. Medical care was given free of charge by Dr. Nathan Braunstein, the president of the society, and Dr. Rebecca Gerzenstein-Braunstein. Hospitalization was also provided and in addition thereto needy sick were aided financially. The members of 126 separated families were re-united through the society and 147 documents for the purpose of bringing relatives over to Brazil were prepared. The office of the society also functions as a post office for its clientele and in 1934, 4,513 letters were received for Jewish immigrants.