Washington (Jun. 13)
If the International Refugee Organization is not organized by July 1, when War Department funds for feeding displaced persons in Germany run out, the Army will try to work out a plan to advance funds for that purpose to be later reimbursed by the IRO, Assistant Secretary of War Howard C. Petersen told a press conference here today.
The Army has been supplying a large share of the food for displaced persons in the American zone of Germany, but funds for this purpose will be terminated on July 1, Petersen explained, on the assumption that IRO will be able to take over care of the refugees. He expressed some doubt that it would be organized at that time because that date is only two weeks off.
In the interim period between July 1 and when it does come into being the Army will try to work out some plan whereby it can advance the funds, which would be later reimbursed by the IRO. Petersen said he would have to take the matter up with the appropriations committee.
Rabbi James G. Heller of Cincinnati will be one of a group of leading American clergymen to tour American-occupied areas in Europe at the invitation of Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson, according to a War Department announcement. The group will depart June 23 from Washington and will report directly to the Secretary upon their return to Washington on July 28.