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First Group of Refugees Leaves Oswego “free Port” for Repatriation to Europe

Thirteen residents of the Fort Ontario refugee shelter left on the first leg of their journey home today, when the exchange liner Gripsholm sailed from Jersey City. The refugees had received clearance from military authorities before leaving Oswego.

The War Relocation Authority is conducting surveys at Fort Ontario to determine how many refugees wish passage back to their home countries, and which desire to go to countries other than their own. Some natives of Czechoslovakia had expressed a wish for passage on the Gripsholm, but since there is as yet no direct communication with or transport to Czechoslovakia, it was not possible to take them.