TASHKENT, U.S.S.R. (May. 12)
Jews in the United States and the other United Nations were assured today that their inquiries concerning relatives in the Soviet Union will be dealt with promptly and all efforts will be made to locate any persons believed to be in the U.S.S.R.
In a statement issued to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Samuel Chobrutsky, head of the Moscow Jewish Community, which is now located here, in Soviet Uzbekistan, to which tens of thousands of Jews have been evacuated from war-torn areas, declared:
“We have received numerous letters and cables from Jews living in the countries of the United Nations asking us to find their relatives in the U.S.S.R. Many of these messages were answered. Others have not received any answer as yet. We wish to announce through the Jewish Telegraphic Agency to the Jews of countries friendly to the U.S.S.R. that we shall do everything possible to attend to their queries. The fact that some may not receive a reply for a long time is explained only by the gigantic dimension of our country.”
The headquarters of the Community are located at 4 Saperny Proezd in Tashkent. It was revealed here today that the Community offices have received inquiries not only from individual Jews in America, England and Palestine, but also from central Jewish institutions interested in the welfare of the Jewish population which was evacuated by the Soviet authorities mainly from the Ukraine and the Crimea to Uzbekistan prior to the occupation of these territories by the Nazi army. The Community office here has also been receiving inquiries from American Jews seeking information concerning the whereabouts of Polish Jews now scattered throughout Uzbekistan.