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Dr. Joseph Schwartz Leaves for Europe on Special Refugee Mission for State Department

The departure of Dr. Joseph J. Schwartz, European Director of the Joint Distribution Committee, for London on a special refugee mission was announced yesterday by the State Department.

Dr. Schwartz has been given a temporary leave by the Joint Distribution Commission to accompany Earl G. Harrison, United States representative on the Inter-Governmental Committee on Refugees, as an associate on a mission of inquiry to Europe concerning the needs of stateless and non-repatriable refugees, including many Jews, in Western Europe and the Allied zones of occupation in Germany.

The State Department announced that the mission has been directed to ascertain the extent to which the needs of non-repatriables, who include “many Jewish survivors of Nazi persecusions,” are now being met by the military authorities, governments of residence, international relief bodies and private refugee agencies.