J.D.C. Orders Its European Director to Proceed to Sweden

Terming the action of the government and people of Sweden in granting asylum to Jews fleeing from Nazi-held Denmark an “unexampled demonstration of devotion to humanitarian principles,” the Joint Distribution Committee announced today that it had urged its representative in Europe, Dr. Joseph Schwartz, to proceed to Stockholm at his earliest opportunity to look into the problem of the Danish refugees with the Mosaiska Foersamlingen, the leading Jewish welfare organization of Sweden.

Simultaneously, Joseph C. Hyman, executive vice-chairman, disclosed that the Joint Distribution Committee had already been in cabled communication with the Mosaiska Foersamlingen and in response to the latter’s request had dispatched $25,000 to it as an initial emergency grant on behalf of the Danish Jewish refugees “In the light of the enormous problem of present and post-war rehabilitation for the hundreds of thousands of Jews who have had to flee from their homes,” Mr. Hyman said, “the generous hospitality of the Swedish Government toward the Danish Jews constitutes a step of far-reaching importance. It is an unexampled demonstration of devotion to humanitarian principles, but its full significance goes beyond even that heartening evidence of man’s responsibility toward his fellow-man.”

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