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Australia Agrees to Accept Stateless Jews Leaving Indonesia

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The Australian Government has agreed to accept stateless Jews now in Indonesia who want to leave that country, Sidney Einfeld, president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, told a meeting of the British section of the World Jewish Congress today. Mr. Einfeld estimated that in all there were no more than 500 to 600 Jews in Indonesia, recently the scene of anti-European riots aimed chiefly at the Dutch but secondarily at other Europeans.

Mr. Einfeld, who came here after a visit to the United States and Canada, said that the influx of 25,000 Jews to Australia since 1946 had brought with it the “most formative period” in Australian Jewry’s history. The recent Jewish immigrants from Hungary have been wholly integrated and have found their place in the textile and clothing industries. He anticipated that several hundred Jews from Poland would be admitted this year, Mr. Einfeld said, and he hoped that a number of Egyptian Jews now stranded in Rome would be admitted despite the “white Australia” immigration policy.

He also announced that Sir William Slim, Governor General of Australia, had accepted an invitation to attend a dinner to be given in his honor in March by the Executive Council.

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