Prague Assists Emigration of 10,000 Refugees, Half of Them Jews

The Government has announced its decision to assist the emigration of 10,000 refugees, both Jewish and non-Jewish, to South America, Palestine and other countries. The decision, reached at the first Cabinet meeting since the Holidays, establishes a special department in the Welfare Ministry for registration of emigrants. The department will give advice and information to applicants. Funds to carry out the emigration plans will come largely from the $50,000,000 British loan to Czechoslovakia.

(A New York Times dispatch quoted official circles as stating that the first group of 10,000 refugees would comprise 5,000 Jews, who would go to Palestine on certificates already granted by the Palestine Government, and 5,000 persons of the German “race.” In the latter category, definite arrangements were said to have been made for only 1,000, who will be accepted by Canada, with the remainder to be distributed among various South American countries.

The Slovakian and Sub-Carpathian governments have agreed to the establishment of a Jewish chancery to replace the dissolved Jewish Party. The Young Women’s Christian Association here has forced the resignation of four members of its executive committee who are of Jewish descent, disregarding the international “Y” principle of racial and religious neutrality.

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