PARIS (Nov. 3)
The Joint Distribution Committee has helped 623,742 Jews move from various countries of Europe, North Africa and Asia since 1945, a migration record for voluntary, non-governmental agencies, it was reported here today at the five-day annual meeting of JDC country directors.
The JDC also made available 22,000 loans–totalling $6,680,000–during the same period to artisans and small businessmen to establish themselves economically in North African and European countries.
Another report to the JDC meeting revealed that this year the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany had received 300 requests from various Jewish groups all over the world for grants for material or cultural rehabilitation from funds becoming available this year from German reparations payments.
The JDC conference was told that the Claims Conference was not only concerned with the reparations payments due from Germany, but in seeing to it that Germany provides adequate legislation to meet the claims of individual victims of the Nazi terror.
Edward M. M. Warburg, who heads the 35-man United Jewish Appeal study mission, told the conference yesterday that the UJA is providing more than $100,000,000 for reconstruction and welfare work in Israel during 1954. He also told the conference that the “American giving public is getting more than ample value for every dollar of philanthropic money it contributes to your work.”