Bucharest (Feb. 15)
With Budapest completely liberated, the Joint Distribution Committee, utilizing the facilities of the International Red Cross, today rushed from here 110 tons of food, clothing and medicine for the Jewish survivors in the Hungarian capital.
The supplies sent are much less than what is urgently needed by the Jews who remained alive in Budapest after the retreat of the Germans from the city, it was emphasized here. A reliable report from Budapest states that the Jews in the ghetto there were deprived of food during the last few weeks while the battle for the city was going on.
“As a result, a large number of Jews in the Budapest ghetto died of hunger,” the report says. “The surviving Jews are all undernourished and without warm clothing. It is imperative that food, clothing and medicines reach them urgently,” the report appeals. It discloses that Dr. Komoly, president of the Zionist Organization in Hungary, was arrested by the Germans and taken to an unknown destination.
Together with the appeal for urgent relief for the Jews of liberated Budapest, an appeal was issued here today by Dr. William Filderman, president of the Union of Jewish Communities in Rumania, asking for immediate aid from abroad for the impoverished Rumanian Jews. Dr. Filderman emphasized that the supplies made available by the Joint Distribution Committee for the Jews in liberated Rumania are exhausted and that further aid is required.