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Commissioner Reiterates Charge That Dp Law Discriminates Against Displaced Jews

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The first boatload of displaced persons to be admitted to the U.S. under the now DP immigration sot is expected to leave Bremer-haven Oct. 21. with 826 immigrants aboard, Harry N. Posenfeld and Edward O’Connor, two members of the three-man commission to administer the law, today told a press conference. Asked if they had any figures as to how many Jewish DP’s there were among the 826, the commissioners said they had no breakdown figures.

Asked if he believed that the law, as passed by Congress, discriminated against Jews and Catholics, Rosenfeld declared, “Yes, principally because the dateline of Dec. 22, 1945 has the effect of eliminating the eligibility of people who came into those camps after that time” and “bears most heavily on the Jewish groups since so many Jews were driven out of those areas after Dec. 22, 1945.” Asked if the commission would ask Congress to change the date when it reports to Congress on Feb. 1, 1949, Rosenfeld said the commission would make a recommendation covering every point, which he felt needed correction.

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