Jewish Agency Negotiating with Unrra on Sending Relief Teams to Europe
Menu JTA Search

Jewish Agency Negotiating with Unrra on Sending Relief Teams to Europe

The Jewish Agency for Palestine is negotiating with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Agency concerning the sending of relief teams from here and from England to assist the Jews still in concentration camps and the survivors of shattered Jewish communities in Europe, it was disclosed at a conference of the Palestine Labor Party by Eliahu Dobkin, chief of the immigration department of the Jewish Agency. He said that three such teams have already been sent, but many more are needed.

Dobkin stressed the need for a sufficient number of immigration certificates to secure the admittance of Jews released from Buchenwald, Dachau, There sienstadt and similar camps, most of whom have no place to go. Discussing the recent allotment by the Palestine Government of 3,000 visas which leaves only 1,000 remaining under the white Paper quota–Mr. Dobkin said.

“We never knew such pain as in distributing these certificates. We allotted 700 to resoue 31,000 refugees in Switzerland, for Italy, 140 were allotted to 1,000 persons clamoring for admission, including 300 orphans; to Belgium and Holland, 400 were allotted to save 48,000 people, among whom there are 2,500 Belgian orphans. More than 70,000 Jews were found in the concentration camps in Germany and the most tragic problem is that of those who are stateless and face new internment, and whose only demand and hope is immigration to Palestine.”