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Jewish Institutions in Harbin Cease Functioning; Jews Have Difficult Time in Manchuria

All Jewish institutions in Harbin, Soviet-controlled capital of Manchuria, have ceased functioning and the 200 Jewish families remaining in the city are having a difficult time, according to Israel-bound emigrants passing through this city. The emigrants report that the entire Jewish community of Harbin plans to leave for Israel.

The travellers report that only Soviet citizens are given jobs on the railway and associated services controlled by the Soviets. They also state that there are pay differentials between local Soviet citizens hired by the railroad and officials sent to Harbin from the U.S.S.R., with the latter receiving ten times as much pay as the former. The reports also say that the two types of Soviet citizens have their own social clubs and other institutions.