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24 Czech Jews, Brought to U.S. by Hias, Beginning New Lives in 4 States

Twenty-four Czech-Jewish refugees who landed at Kennedy Airport last Friday have arrived in new homes in four states with the assistance of the United Hias Service which provided their flight tickets. The group was part of the first organized flight of Czech immigrants of all faiths, sponsored by Catholic, Protestant. Jewish and non-sectarian agencies.

According to Carlos L. Israelis, United Hias president, more than 1,500 Czech refugees have registered with the immigrant aid agency in Vienna and hope to immigrate to the United States, Australia, Latin America and other Western countries,” Gaynor I. Jacobson, executive director of the organization, said the first Jewish arrivals here included six families with a total of 10 children and an engaged couple, all of whom were joining relatives in California, Maryland, New York and Ohio. He said the group included a symphony orchestra conductor, economist, electrician, engineer, psychologist, teacher and a clerk.