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Only Four Jewish Families Remain in Soviet-held Port in Manchuria, Emigrants Report

There are only four Jewish families left in Seiren, Soviet-occupied port in Manchuria, and they are planning to leave for Israel as soon as they receive their exit visas, it was reported here by members of a group of emigrants who passed through en route from Dairen to Israel.

The latest group, numbering 67 men and women, were delayed many months in Sairen and only received Soviet visas when the discontinuance of organized emigration from the Far East to Israel was announced. They arrived here on a vessel chartered by the Joint Distribution Committee and had to wait aboard the ship for 36 hours until their plane arrived, because the British police here refused to honor their British transit visas.

Until the war the small Jewish community of Dairen was well off, according to the emigrants. But during the war the members of the community were dispersed and those who remained in the city were virtually cut off from the rest of the world when the Soviet Union occupied the port.