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Zionist Organization Revived in Liberated Rumania, Jewish Papers Resume Publication

The Zionist organization in Rumania has been reorganized since the entry of the Russian Army into that country and two of its periodicals have resumed publication, it is reported in a telegram received here today by the Jewish Agency from the president of the Zionist Organization in Bucharest.

“We hope soon to renew emigration work to Palestine,” the telegram adds. The message, received here through Turkey, was read at the session of the Small Zionist Actions Committee now meeting here.

The committee also heard a report concerning the absorption and housing of new immigrants in Palestine. Moshe Shapiro, head of the Labor Department of the Jewish Agency, disclosed that 14,500 persons entered the country since last October. 1,750 children, mainly from Transnistria, Turkey and the Fierramente internment camp in Italy.

The recent immigrants, Mr. Shapiro said, differ greatly from previous newcomers, being former members of the middle class who have been stripped of everything including their health, and who are badly in need of convalescence, Many of them are suffering from tuberculosis. As a result, he added, the Agency’s relief budget has grown from about $250,000 to $1,000,000.

The labor chief pointed out that in the last 18 months 4,100 Yemenite Jews have arrived here, while only 9,000 came in the previous 23 years. About 1,500 additional Yemenite immigrants are stranded in Aden under miserable conditions awaiting permission to embark for Palestine, he stressed.

An organization of Palestine citizens who have families living in German-held territory or in concentration camps today announced that it has appealed to Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain, Queen Wilhelmina of Holland and to the Archbishop of Canterbury urging them to intervene to secure the exchange for Germans held by the Allies of 1,200 Jews whose relatives reside here. The announcement said that 159 of the number were confined in the Belzenbergen camp in Germany.

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