New York (Dec. 20)
Food supplies will reach thousands of Jews in Transnistria, the Rumanian occupied part of the Ukraine early in 1944, it was announced today by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. This is the first project to be put into effect by any major American agency for feeding Jews in occupied Europe.
The first deliveries out of two hundred and fifty tons of foodstuffs purchased in Istanbul last October by Dr. Joseph J. Schwartz, European chairman of the J.D.C., will begin to move from Turkey toward the Balkans within a fortnight. Representatives of the International Red Cross will supervise the distribution of the supplies, in cooperation with Jewish leaders in the communities receiving assistance. Flour, vegetable fats, dehydrated vegetables and fruits, and soap are included in the 250 tons of vitally needed commodities.