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J.D.C. Director in Austria Denies Agency Plans Relief Cuts; Says It Will Increase Aid

Harold Trobe, Joint Distribution Committee director for Austria, today denied reports that the relief agency is planning to withdraw its assistance to the Jewish community of Vienna. Trobe also stressed that essential relief and medical services will probably be increased soon.

He revealed at a press conference that he had recently advised the community to distribute food parcels more sparingly since some sections of Vienna Jewry no longer need aid. However, he insisted, the J.D.C. realizes that the community need is greater than the assistance received, especially for the establishment of a loan fund to help skilled workers because self-sufficient and to aid in solving the acute housing problem. Ten percent of Vienna Jews still live in camps because there are no houses available for them.

The agency, which at present supplies 65 percent of the community’s annual budget for communal and welfare functions, will not consider cutting its allowances unless contributions to the J.D.C. fall off greatly, Trobe emphasized.

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