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No Plans Exist to Bring More Refugees from Europe to U.s., Pehle Announces

There are no plans under consideration to bring more refugees from Europe to the United States, John W. Pehle, executive director of the War Refugee Board, announced today at a press conference at which Ira Hirschmann, the Board’s representative in the Middle East, reported on the situation of the Jews in liberated Bulgaria.

Mr. Pehle revealed that Hirschmann is not returning to his post in Turkey. “The big job that can be done there is over,” he declared. He added, however, that the work the War Refugee Board can not be considered finished, “while the situation in Hungary and Slovakia and German-occupied Poland and Germany remains as desperate as it is.”

Mr. Hirschmann stated that Bulgaria’s initial move to revokes the anti-Jewish laws was a direct result of pressure from the War Refugee Board exercised by him through Bulgarian diplomats in Turkey.