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State Department Queried About Fate of American Relatives in Nazi-occupied Ukraine

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The Department of State, flooded with thousands of inquiries from American citizens, mostly Jews, concerning the fate of their relatives in the Soviet territory now occupied by the German army, has so far been unable to establish what has happened to the more than 2,000,000 Jews in the Ukraine, in the Baltic States and in Bessarabia which fell into Nazi hands, it was learned here today.

Reports received by the office of the Intergovernmental Committee on Refugees indicate that thousands left these territories before the German armies entered. According to the information received by the Committee from its observer in Rumania, thousands of refugees who swarmed into Bessarabia during the Soviet occupation of that territory had been transported into the Russian interior long before the outbreak of the German-Russian war.

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