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70 Biro-bidjan Deportees Allowed to Return

Seventy Lithuanian Jews deported recently from the Soviet autonomous Jewish territory of Biro-Bidjan on the ground they entered with tourist permits received permission to return while they were still in Moscow, it was stated here today.

Another 150 Jews who returned to Lithuania are awaiting new immigration permits. The deportation order, which was said to have followed discovery of a secret espionage organization in the region, was revoked when it was ascertained that only a few Polish and Rumanian Jews were members of the organization.

The deportation order issued by the authorities in Biro-Bidjan had been directed against all immigrants arriving without confirmation of foreign recruiting committees.