General Location Index” Suspends Operations; Located 50,000 Relatives During Existence

The Central Location Index, set up in 1944 as a central clearing house for Jewish and non-Jewish displaced persons seeking and being sought by relatives throughout the world, has suspended operations, it was announced today. Approximately 50,000 locations were made by the Index since its inception, the agency’s final report declared. Of these, 40,000 survived the war while the remaining 10,000 were victims of the Nazis.

A total of 750,000 uprooted and, in many cases, deceased persons were sought during the five-year existence of the Index, which spent a sum of $450,000 during its lifetime, Search operations for missing DP’s are still continuing and will be carried on henceforth by member agencies of the C.L.I.

Among the organizations which sponsored the Index are the Joint Distribution Committee, HIAS, United Service for New Americans, National Council of Jewish Women, Church World Service, International Rescue and Relief Committee and Unitarian Service Committee. The final announcement was issued on behalf of the three organizations which have borne the major expense of the Index during the past year–the J.D.C., U.S.N.A. and HIAS.

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