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Stream of Hungarian Jewish Refugees Arriving in Austria Has Virtually Dried Up

The stream of Hungarian Jewish refugees arriving in Vienna has virtually dried up. Where the number of refugees averaged several hundred persons daily in the spring, it is currently about 20 a day.

As a result the Hungarian Jews have left the two transient centers in this city, returning the Rothschild Hospital and the Arzberg School buildings to about 1,600 aged and sick Jews who will remain there until they are physically in condition to proceed to Israel. A small part of the 1,600 are healthy transients who are awaiting the opportunity to leave for embarkation ports for Israel. The bulk of the Hungarian Jews have already been transferred to camps in the western zones of Austria or have departed for Israel.

It is estimated that the total number of non-Austrian Jews currently in Vienna is 4,000, while there are about 10,000 foreign Jews in all of Austria. About 5,000 of the total are expected to leave Austria for Israel.

According to reports from Bratislava the Czech authorities are sending back to Hungary individual Hungarian Jews who make their way to Czechoslovakia, But are permitting groups to remain. Recently 355 Hungarian Jews were permitted to cross the border from Czechoslovakia to Austria on route to Italian ports whence they left for Haifa.

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