Schweitzer Leaving for London and Palestine to Discuss Jewish Immigration Problems

Urgent questions concerning migration of Jewish refugees will be discussed with important Jewish and governmental bodies in England and Palestine by Mr. David J. Schweitzer, newly appointed representative-at-large of the Hias-Ica Emigration Association, it was announced here today by Max Gottschalk, president of the organization, prior to Mr. Schweitzer’s departure.

In London Mr. Schweitzer will discuss these questions with the reorganized Intergovernmental Committee for Refugees, with a number of Governments-in-Exile, with leaders of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, with the Board of Directors of the Jewish Colonization Association and with leaders of British Jewry.

Mr. Schweitzer will proceed from London to Lisbon to confer there with Dr. James Bernstein, European director of the Hias-Ica Emigration Association, and expects to sail from Lisbon to Palestine on the same boat which will carry more than 600 Jewish refugees from Spain and Portugal to a Palestine port. Visas for these refugees have been secured by the Jewish Agency.

In Palestine, Mr. Schweitzer will conduct negotiations with the Jewish Agency concerning collaboration with the Hias-Ica in present and post-war immigration. He will then proceed to Iran to deal with problems of Jewish refugees coming from Russia.

“The trip of Mr. Schweitzer,” Mr. Gottschalk declared, “is only the beginning of the execution of an elaborate plan for immediate rescue of Jewish refugees through emigration, as well as for the post-war activities of the Hias-Ica Emigration Association, which will develop in close cooperation with competent international agencies, with the American Joint Distribution Committee and other Jewish organizations interested in Jewish migration problems.”

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