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Jews in Manila, Made Penniless During Japanese Occupation, Revive Community Activities

Aided by five U. S. Jewish chaplains, the Jews in this city, including 700 who fled from Nazi Europe only to fall victims to the Japanese, today started to re-organize their communal life by electing through democratic ballot a Jewish community board of seven to administer the reconstruction activities.

All the Jews of Manila were made penniless by the last-minute destruction by the Japanese and the searing inflation. Many of the 700 Jewish refugees are without work because of the increasing anti-alien feeling directed against Hindus, Chinese and Jews. Many have a desire to go to the United States for which they held visas before the Japanese invasion. Funds of the former Jewish community, which have been released, and contributions by the Jewish Welfare Board, provide some relief for the needy Jews.