J.D.C. Legalized in Warsaw; 150,000 Jews Will Be Repatriated from Russia to Poland

The Jewish delegation from Poland headed by Dr. Emil Sommerstein today reported that the American Joint Distribution Committee has been permitted by the Polish Government in Warsaw to resume its relief activities and that the Polish authorities registered the J.D.C. officially as a body authorized to conduct relief activities.

The delegation conferred in London with J.D.C. representatives on questions concerning relief in Poland. Members of the delegation lauded the J.D.C. for the aid given to the Jews during the occupation period and paid tribute to the J.D.C. representatives who died at their posts in Poland at the time.

Emphasizing that the entire J.D.C. staff in Poland was exterminated by the Germans, except M. Guzik, one of its directors, members of the delegation reported that as soon as Guzik emerged from hiding, he resumed the J.D.C. relief activities in liberated Poland and is new fully cooperating with the Central Committee of Polish Jews in Lublin. The majority of the 80,000 Jewish survivors in Poland are in urgent need of relief from abroad, although so far they have received substantial assistance from the government, the delogation said.

In addition to the 80,000 Jews now in Poland, the transfer of at least 150,000 Polish Jews from Russian territory to Poland will start next month, the delegation revealed. It is expected that the repatriation of these Jews will be completed in January. This, the delegation pointed out, is bound to create additional problems.

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