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U.J.A. Leaders Briefed in Paris on Needs of Algerian Jewish Refugees

A Joint Distribution Committee official reported here today that the entry into France this year of 50,000 Jews from Algeria has confronted the French Jewish community and the JDC with one of the most critical emergency refugee problems in Europe since the immediate postwar years.

That report was made by Sidney Nelson, JDC director for France, to the 120-man Young Leadership Mission of the United Jewish Appeal. Mr. Nelson also told the UJA leaders, who arrived here Monday from Israel, that more than 120,000 Jewish refugees and repatriates have come into France since 1956. He said that JDC operations in France for 1962 were budgeted at about $3,000,000 but “even this vast sum is not enough to meet the emergency needs for housing, feeding and assistance.”

The UJA leaders are spending several days in Paris examining the vast new problems facing the JDC. They are on the way back to the United States from Israel where they spent 17 days studying the programs of emigrant aid carried out by the Jewish Agency in Israel and other key UJA beneficiaries.