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Russia Repatriates Hundreds of Jewish Orphans from Remote Parts of USSR to Poland

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Groups of Jewish children who found shelter in the USSR during the Nazi occupation of Poland have been arriving here daily from Russia during the last few days, as part of the mass-repatriation of Polish Jews from various sections of the Soviet Union. About 100 youngsters are in each transport. They are being placed in a special home for Jewish children at Gostynin, near Warsaw.

The latest contingent arrived today from Kazakstan and Kirgizstan, eastern republics of the USSR. Among the children who arrived during the last week are 350 who lived in Uzbekistan. The majority of them are orphans.

The children’s home at Gostynin, which is the only home in Poland receiving repatriated Jewish children, is already overcrowded. Jewish leaders are faced with lack of funds to maintain the home and there is need for more such institutions.

The first group of Jews to leave Poland for Palestine with immigration certificates issued through the Jewish Agency is expected to depart from here this month. They are recent repatriates from Soviet Russia who received their Palestine visas from the British consulate in Moscow in 1941 and 1942.

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