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650 Jews Among Large Contingent of Polish Refugees Reaching Teheran from USSR

Thirty-thousand Polish refugees, of whom 650 are Jewish, arrived here today from Russia. The bulk of the Jewish contingent is composed of 450 orphaned children.

Polish official circles here stated that this was the third great “exodus” since the signing of the Polish-Russian agreement last year. The Polish Government is attempting to obtain the emigration of smaller groups in a steady flow instead of these large groups which tax the facilities of the relief organizations here which must provide the refugees with food, shelter and medical attention.

It was learned here today that the representatives of the Polish Government in Russia have so far succeeded in establishing contact with only about 300,000 of the estimated 1,500,000 Polish citizens still in the Soviet Union. Geographical difficulties have been the greatest obstacle in contacting these refugees, since most of them are in remote sections of the country. Reports reaching the Polish officials, however, indicate that many of the refugees are working side by side with the Russians on collective farms in the districts to which they were originally sent.

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