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12,000 Jewish Refugees from Europe and Moslem Lands Reached U.s., Israel in February

More than 12,000 Jewish refugees from Europe and Moslem lands reached permanent havens in Israel, the United States and other countries during the month of February with the aid of the Joint Distribution Committee, it was announced today by Moses A. Leavitt, J.D.C. executive vice-chairman.

One-third of this total consisted of men, women and children who were aided to leave Eastern European countries under the J.D.C.’s emergency “now or never” emigration program, Mr. Leavitt noted. Under this program, the J.D.C. is making an intensive effort to aid as many people as possible to leave before expiration of deadlines such as set by Poland, which has announced that it will permit no Jews to emigrate after August, 1950.

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