Polish Jews Released from Soviet Prisons Permitted to Return to Poland; Aid Arranged

The Central Committee of Polish Jews today received a report on the situation of Jews from Poland who are now being released from Soviet prisons, where they were confined for various reasons, and are being permitted to proceed to Moscow in order to secure repatriation documents and return to Poland.

The report states that the imprisoned Jews are not being released on the basis of a general amnesty, but as a result of individual intervention and the discretion of the Soviet authorities. After arriving in Moscow, they must wait several weeks until the formalities concerning their repatriation are completed. While waiting, they require food and, in many cases, clothing, but little assistance is available since the Polish-Jewish relief committee in Moscow was dissolved recently after completing the repatriation of all Jews who wished to return to Poland.

The Central Committee of Polish Jews, therefore, has decided to assign to the Polish embassy in Moscow 5,000 parcels of food and clothing from Joint Distribution Committee transports sent to the U.S.S.R. for Polish Jews. These parcels will be held by the embassy for distribution among the Jews awaiting repatriation documents.

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