NEW YORK (Mar. 31)
The sum of $1,600,000 in cash was spent during the first ten weeks of 1942 by the Joint Distribution Committee for its program of aid to distressed Jews overseas, it was announced here today.
Over $1,000,000 of the total represents advances made to steamship lines by the J.D.C. for transportation of refugees from Europe, it was pointed out. A sum of $144,000 was remitted to unoccupied France and $122,500 to Switzerland for refugee assistance. There was also a grant of $10,000 sent to Turkey by the J.D.C. in behalf of the passengers of the ill-fated S.S. Strums. The money was used for food and medicines in behalf of the Struma refugees during the time that the boat was in Turkey. Nearly $80,000 of the total was sent to Central and South American countries to facilitate the adjustment and rehabilitation of refugees there.
The bulk of J.D.C. cash expenditures from January 1 through March 15 were remitted overseas under U.S. Treasury licenses, it was explained. Since Pearl Harbor, the J.D.C. has been granted Treasury licenses totalling $1,758,000 for cash transmission to European lands. Remittances to Russia, South America and the British Empire do not require Treasury licenses.