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120 Polish Jews Leave Palestine for Poland; Pass Through Italy on Unrra Transport

The first Jewish repatriation movement in reverse–a large group of Jews returning to Poland from Palestine–passed through Italy today as part of a group of 500 Polish displaced persons traveling homeward aboard an UNRRA box-car train.

Four hundred of the refugees, including 120 Jews, arrived in Naples from Palestine earlier this week, and were joined in Rome by 70 other Poles who have also decided upon repatriation.

“We are very determined to make a go of it,” a spokesman for the Jewish repatriates said. He added that the group had decided against remaining in Palestine despite the reports of widespread, anti-Semitic persecution in Poland, because the “new Poland needs strong people with strong ideals and the determination to fight for those ideals.”