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Lisbon Groups Spur Efforts to Find Havens for Refugees

With the influx of refugees practically halted, relief and governmental agencies were today concentrating on finding places of settlement overseas for refugees already here and on arranging transit for them.

Registration of Jewish refugees here and in the provinces has been completed by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the HIAS-ICA Emigration Association, which are financially aiding the needy among them.

The transport problem, meanwhile, has been somewhat eased since American Export liners are now accepting non-American passengers, but the United States Consul is refusing tourist and transit visas.

The J.D.C. has arranged the departure of 125 refugees holding visas for Brazil and the United States, and the Dutch Consulate is studying the possibility of sending refugees from Holland to Curacao. Prof. Kurt Bondy, European representative of the Dominican Republic Settlement Association of New York, has selected ten refugees for settlement in the Sosua area of the Caribbean island.

Meanwhile, Jewish emigration from the Reich is continuing despite the war, although on a greatly reduced scale, as is shown by the arrival of ten German Jewish families via Italy. The families are en route to the United States, Brazil and Peru.

Arrivals in Portugal include the well known Jewish journalist, M. Dembitzer, and Max Katznellenbogen, representative of the HIAS-ICA Emigration Association in Marseille. The Geneva staff of the Jewish Agency for Palestine is expected here shortly en route to the Holy Land.

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