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Dominican Refugee Project to Start in Spring; Rosenberg to Visit Site Soon

James N. Rosenberg, chairman of the American Jewish Joint Agricultural Corporation (Agro-Joint), announced today that he will sail for Ciudad Trujillo in the first week of January to complete arrangements for colonization of a group of German Jewish refugees in the Dominican Republic under a plan sponsored by the Intergovernmental Committee on Refugees.

Mr. Rosenberg said he expected Stephen Morris, of the State Department, who is secretary of the intergovernmental committee, to accompany him. Both will make the trip as guests of the Dominican Republic.

Mr. Rosenberg made the announcement after a conference today with Dominican Minister Andres Pastoriza and Robert Pell, of the State Department. He said the final contract between the corporation which is to be formed to carry out the colonization project and the Republic will be signed while he is in the Caribbean island, and that colonization will begin next spring.

Within a few weeks, Mr. Rosenberg announced, Dr. Joseph A. Rosen, president of Agro-Joint and a noted resettlement expert, and a technical staff will sail for Ciudad Trujillo to finish practical plans for the colony of 500 families and several hundred unmarried young men and women.

Also accompanying Mr. Rosenberg in January will be William P. Kramer, forestry expert who surveyed the Dominican project for the President’s Advisory Committee on Refugees. Kramer was designated by President Isaiah Bowman of Johns Hopkins University for the task.

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