Close to half a million Jews left Poland for other countries beginning with 1918 and ending 1934, it was disclosed yesterday by the Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society.
In the ten-year period from 1924 to 1934 the number of Jews emigrating from Poland was 153,011. These figures are contained in a report to HIAS by its affiliate, JEAS (Jewish Central Emigration Association).
The exact figures from 1918 to the end of 1934 are 404,22. Of these 360,653 went to overseas countries and 3,769 settled in Continental European lands. The 153,011 who departed from Poland in the decade already referred to, were divided as follows: 40,611 went to the United States and Canada, 48,950 to South America (Argentine, Brazil, Uruguay) and 50,402 to Palestine.
These figures do not include the Polish Jews who migrated to various Continental European countries.
The report points out that as an indication of the urge of Polish Jews to emigrate is to be mentioned the fact that Polish-Jewish emigrants constituted sixty per cent of the total emigration from Poland in 1931, sixty-one per cent in 1932 and eighty-three per cent in 1933.
JEAS, which serves Polish Jewry in all matters regarding emigration, maintains headquarters at Warsaw with branches in many other cities. It is the organization which represents prospective emigrants at governmental departments