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Polish Jews Reaching Austria Will Be Transferred to U.S. Zone in Germany; Some to Italy

Rabbi Philip Bernstein, advisor on Jewish affairs to U.S. military headquarters in Europe, today left for Vienna to discuss with General Mark Clark, commander of the U.S. forces in Austria, a number of problems concerning the large number of Jews currently entering the American zone in Austria from Poland. He will also discuss the question of transferring many of these Jews from Austria to the U.S. zone in Germany and to Italy.

The question of transferring 25,000 displaced Jews from Austria to Italy is now under consideration by the Italian Government. Negotiations for the admission of these Jews, to be cared for by the UNRRA, were conducted by Fiorella LaGuardia, head of the UNRRA, who is now visiting Europe. A formal request to this effect was presented by the American Ambassador in Rome to the Italian Foreign Office. The Italian cabinet will act on the request within the next few days, it was learned here today.

Leon Kubowitzki, secretary-general of the World Jewish Congress left for Munich today to study the situation of the Jews in the camps for displaced persons in Germany. While in Frankfurt, he conferred with leaders of the displaced Jews.