JDC Matzohs Help to Alleviate Food Shortage for Polish Refugees in Russia

Transports of matzohs and medicaments sent by the American Joint Distribution Committee for distribution among Polish refugees in Russia reached Murmansk this week, according to advices received here today by the Polish Embassy.

The shipments left the United States in February. Although the matzohs, which were originally intended for Passover, were delayed in transport, they will be of great aid when distributed among the refugees in remote parts of the USSR, where the food shortage is not expected to be alleviated until after the harvest. The matzohs will be distributed chiefly in Bukhara, Samarkand, Chimkent, Kommi and Djhambul. The medicaments will be distributed in all sections of the country where refugees from Poland are concentrated.

The Polish embassy here today revealed that in the province of Kirgisia, Jews constitute sixty-five percent of the Polish refugees. It stated that the JDC shipments were addressed to the Polish authorities in Russia in accordance with the arrangement reached between the JDC headquarters in New York and the Polish Embassy in Washington. They were carried to Murmansk in a Russian freighter which sailed directly from the United States.

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