Number of Jewish Refugees from Hungary Exceeds 4,200; More Expected

More than 4,200 Jewish refugees from Hungary had registered with the Joint Distribution Committee and other Jewish organizations by today, with hundreds more continuing to pour into Austria daily. Another estimated 1,000 to 2,000 Jews are being cared for in camps run by the Austrian government.

Many Jewish refugees who originally expressed a desire to remain in Austria in the hope of eventually returning to Hungary, have changed their minds. Relief officials estimate that half wish to emigrate, mostly to the United States. The refugees are dismayed at the small number of American visas available.

The Austrian Jewish community and Jewish welfare organizations have thus far kept up with the problem of caring for the refugees, most of whom are presently accommodate in hotels. If the influx continues, refugees may have to be sheltered in camps, since no more hotel rooms are available and such accommodations can only become available as refugees depart for other places.

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