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Hias Leaders See Hundreds of Thousands of Jews As Potential Migrants

More than 500,000 Jewish survivors of Nazi persecution have been rescued by the United Hias Service since the end of the Second World War, Murray Gurfein, president of the agency, reported here yesterday at the 34th annual convention of the Hias Council of Organizations. Mr. Gurfein said that hundreds of thousands of the estimated 3,000,000 Jews in Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East are potential migrants. Many with close family ties in the United States, Canada, Brazil and Australia seek reunion through Hias aid with their families in these countries, he declared.

James P. Rice, executive director of the United Hias Service, who recently returned from an overseas inspection trip, stressed the heavy responsibilities facing the agency as a result of the new influx of refugees and migrants from Eastern Europe and North Africa. Mrs. Vladka Meed, author of “On Both Sides of the Ghetto Wall,” who at the age of 17 played a prominent role in the preparations for the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, was presented with a scroll of honor.

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