Geneva (Oct. 21)
Nearly 152,000 displaced and refugee Jews, of whom 119,000 are of Polish origin, are under the care of the International Refugee Organization in Europe, it was reported today by william H. Tuck, executive secretary of the I.R.O. Preparatory Commission.
Tuck told the delegates to the fourth part of the first session of the commission that the IRO supplied food, shelter and clothing for 5,138 Jews in Austria, 10,428 in the British zone of Germany, 1,832 in the French zone, 115,820 in the American zone and 18,686 in camps and communities in Italy.
The report pointed out that there is a considerable movement of Jews from Rumania and Hungary westward to Italy and Austria. Tuck also outlined the task which the voluntary relief organizations have assumed, which the IRO expects will take a part of the financial burden off its shoulders.
Summing up the recent trends in resettlement and repariation, Tuck concluded that the IRO must make another appeal to the members of the United Nations to accept their fair share of the refugees because the present rates of immigration cannot offer a final solution to the problem. He said that such a mass movement would be expensive, but much less so than continued maintenance of the refugees in camps. Finally, he reported that only 20 nations have thus far signed the IRO constitution and only 10 have ratified their signatures.