Relief Work in French Free Area Coordinated As J.D.C. Intensifies Activity

A meeting of Jewish relief bodies in Toulouse, with Dr. Joseph Schwartz, European vice-chairman of the Joint Distribution Committee, attending, decided to form a nation-wide representative relief committee headed by Chief Rabbi Issaye Schwartz to supervise all relief work, coordinate the activities of local bodies and take charge of distributing and controlling funds.

Hope has been revived among the many thousand Jewish refugees in unoccupied France by the news that the J.D.C. is intensifying its activity here. This comes at a time when all other sources of relief have been exhausted and the official allocation for refugees, which was inadequate anyway, is ceasing altogether.

With Dr. Schwartz’s arrival in France delegations of various relief bodies are flocking to Marseille to state the urgent needs of the respective groups of the Jewish population.

Under the leadership of the Quakers efforts are being made to coordinate relief for the thousands of refugees interned in camps in unoccupied France and living under conditions of extreme distress. The work of the Quakers, in close cooperation with the Y.M.C.A. , the American Red Cross, the Unitarians and the J.D.C. appears to be giving the best results so far obtained.

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