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Leaving a skeleton staff here to aid refugees in France, Dr. James Bernstein, director of the HIAS-ICA Emigration Association, is proceeding to Lisbon to study the possibilities of operating there. From Lisbon, Dr. Bernstein expects to sail for New York with the suggestion that HIAS-ICA work be conducted directly from that city.

Dr. Joseph J. Schwarts, European vice-chairman of the Joint Distribution Committee, is also going to Lisbon on behalf of the J.D.C.

The American Consulate, its premises resembling a huge camp, worked feverishly today to help hundreds of American citizens pouring into this refugee-thronged city from all parts of France. The Americans are arriving in a constant stream by automobile, trucks and on foot. They have been unable to find lodgings in Bordeaux even for a single night.

United States Ambassador Anthony Biddle Jr., who is attached to the Polish Government-in-exile, and the Paris American Embassy staff, together with the American Red Cross, have been exerting every effort to aid the exhausted American refugees.

The Consulate, meanwhile, is urging all Americans to prepare to sail from Lisbon and is helping them to secure Spanish and Portuguese visas.

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