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International Action Taken to Save Twenty-nine Prominent Rabbis from Nazis

International action involving the cooperation of the British Foreign Office, the governments of Spain and Portugal and the services of the Hias-Ica Emigration Association, is now under way for the possible rescue of 29 spiritual leaders of the Jewish communities in Poland, Holland and Slovakia, Mr. Abraham Herman, president of Hias, stated yesterday.

Mr. Herman’s statement is based on a report received from the headquarters of the Hias-Ica Emigration Association at Lisbon, Portugal, disclosing that the British Foreign Office has asked the British Ambassadors in Madrid and Lisbon to request the governments of Spain and Portugal to authorize the issuance of transit visas for the rabbis and their families without personal application by them, in order to facilitate the rescue and emigration program if the Reich yields to a request through a neutral source and grants the persons named exit visas to a neutral country.