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J.D.C. Spending over $20,000,000 in 1944, New England Conference Told

By the end of 1944 the Joint Distribution Committee will have appropriated over $20,000,000 for the year to provide relief, emigration assistance, reconstruction aid and cultural help to hundreds of thousands of victims of war and persecution overseas, it was reported today at a New England conference marking the 30th anniversary of the founding of the agency.

The conference, which met in all-day session at the Copley Plaza Hotel here, was attended by 650 Jewish community leaders from all New England states. An afternoon mass meeting, at which Jerome Kohn, of Hartford, Conn., presided, climaxed the conference. Addressing the meeting were Louis Broido, executive vice-president of Gimbel’s, and a member of J.D.C.’s executive committee, and Dr. Frank Kingdon noted educator and commentator.

In his address, Mr. Broido said that the more than $20,000,000 J.D.C. is allotting for 1944 represents its largest annual appropriation and will bring to over $150,000,000 the amount spent by the agency “since it was founded 30 years ago to meet the emergency of the first World War.” The reasons for the “all-time high 1944 figure,” he said, “are the possibilities for help in new areas opened up by Allied victories and opportunities for large-scale rescue of Jews from Europe.” The conference was greeted by Governor Leverett Saltonstall of Massachusetts.

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