NEW YORK (Jul. 18)
The establishment of the War Refugee Board, liberation of occupied territory and other factors have so widened the scope of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee that its allocations during the first six months of 1944 surpassed those which it made for the whole year of 1943, it was announced today.
The J.D.C. -major American agency for the relief of distressed Jews abroad-appropriated $10,459,472 between January 1 and June 30 of this year for rescue, relief and rehabilitation of refugees overseas. Its budget for all of 1943 came to $10,453,052. There is every indication, the announcement said, that the J.D.C. expenditures for the balance of this year will be accelerated because of the widespread operations of governmental and intergovernmental overseas relief and rescue agencies.
Over seventy percent of J. D. C.’s total expenditures went into the work of rescue from and relief in the war-torn areas. The Joint Distribution Committee is today working closely with the War Refugee Board, UNRRA and the Intergovernmental Committee for Refugees, as well as with the Allied governments-in-exile. Operating in virtually every important Allied and neutral country, the J.D.C. is also bringing assistance to destitute Jews in the occupied lands.
In the first half of 1944, four members were added to the overseas staff of the J.D.C., which now has representatives in London. Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Algiers, Tangier, Bari, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Teheran, Buenos Aires and Montevideo. One J.D.C. representative remains interned in Shanghai.