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Soviet Red Cross Welcomes Inquiries from Abroad Concerning Missing Relatives in USSR

The Soviet Red Cross has set up a central information bureau to assist persons trying to locate relatives and friends in Russian territory, the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee announced today.

Although designed primarily to assist Soviet citizens to find their family and friends deported by the Germans, the bureau will answer inquiries from nationals of all the United Nations, and will bear all the expenses of the investigations, the announcement said. It advised that persons abroad seeking information follow these instructions.

File requests through welfare organizations or local Red Cross offices and furnish the following information: 1 – Name of person sought; 2 – His or her year and place of birth: 3 – Nationality and citizenship; 4 – Former profession and home and business address; 5 – Date of last contact and any information received at that time. Senders should give their full names and addresses, and indicate their relationship to the person sought. A separate request should be filed for every individual about whom information is desired. The address of the information bureau is Klimetovsky, Pereulok, 1, Moscow.

The bureau already has information concerning persons sent to the Dachau, Maidanek and Oswiecim camps, according to the announcement. Records from other camps in Germany are being obtained, but in many cases it will be impossible to secure any deta because the Nazis destreyed all records.

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