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4000 Jews Leave USSR in December

The number of Jews leaving the Soviet Union this month will be a record 4000 persons, Yehuda Dominitz, director general of the World Zionist Organization immigration and absorption department told the WZO Executive weekly session. Despite the relatively large number of emigrants, the dropout rate in Vienna was still around 58 percent, Dominitz said. Dominitz returned this week from the U.S. where he discussed the problems of Soviet immigrants with representatives of both the Joint Distribution Committee and HIAS.

Dominitz reported several innovations introduced in Vienna in order to increase the number of immigrants to Israel. One of them is a personal parcel which is given to every Jew arriving from the USSR even before the train has reached Vienna with basic information on the absorption process in Israel and basic data about the country itself. The personal parcel will serve as a preliminary introduction to Israel, to be followed by other intensive action by Jewish Agency representatives in Vienna.

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