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First Group of Rabbinical Students from Poland Reaches Canada

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The first group of 29 Yeshivah students from Poland is expected to arrive here today after circling the globe all the way from Poland through Lithuania, Soviet Russia, Japan and the United States. They were brought to San Francisco this week on a Japanese liner as forerunners of a group of eighty who have been granted special permission to enter Canada and remain here for the duration of the war.

The Joint Distribution Committee, which has assumed the finsncial responsibility for the transportation of the students from Japan to Canada, has arranged with the State Department in Washington to permit their passage through the United States without any transit visas. Instead of visas, the State Department agreed to have the group escorted from San Francisco to the Canadian frontier by two special immigration officials.

The group had been stranded in Japan for many months. Permission for their entry to Canada was obtained through the efforts of a Jewish delegation which recently visited Ottawa and also through the cooperation of the Polish Government-in-exile. The founding of a Yeshiva is contemplated here to enable them to continue their studies. The widow and son of the noted Rabbi Chofetz Chaim, are accompanying the group.

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