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573 Refugees Arrive in New York, Third Group to Enter U.S. Under Truman Directive

The Marine Flasher, first vessel to bring immigrants from Germany and Austria to the United States since the war broke out, docked here today with its second transport of refugees. The 573 passengers were the third group to enter the country under President Truman’s directive facilitating immigration to the U.S. from the American zones of Germany and Austria.

The refugees were greeted at the pier by relatives and friends and by representatives of the Joint Distribution Committee, HIAS, and the National Refugee Service. The J.D.C. arranged for the passage and paid or advanced travel costs for 400 of the immigrants, while HIAS financed the transportation of 170 of the Jewish passengers.