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Jewish Refugees in Shanghai Form Central Body to Represent Their Interests

Jewish refugee groups here today formed a central council to act as representative body vis-a-vis the authorities, the UNRRA and other organizations providing relief for refugees. Each refugee group is represented in the central body by two delegates.

In connection with the report that German and Austrian nationals will be ordered to return to their native lands, it was established here that there are now in Shanghai about 9,000 German-Jewish refugees and about 4,500 Jewish refugees from Austria. The general feeling is that the Jewish refugees will not be forced to return to Germany and Austria against their will.

Jews in Hong Kong have started a movement to raise funds for the rebuilding of the Jewish Club there which was looted and burnt to the ground by the Japanese during the occupation.