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Sweden Will Aid War Refugee Board but Cannot Send Ships to Rescue Rumanian Jews

The war Refugee Board today confirmed a report that it has failed to reach an agreement with the Swedish Government concerning use of Swedish ships to evacuate Jews from Rumania and other Black Sea ports to Palestine.

The fact that such an agreement has not yet been reached does not reflect a negative attitude on the part of the Swedish Government, which has always displayed a sympathetic interest in saving refugees, a war Refugee Board spokesman said. The Swedish Minister in Washington has assured the war Refugee Board that his government is prepared to do everything possible to aid the efforts of the Board, the WRB spokesmen added.