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Jewish Refugees Face Two Fires

May 8, 1923
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Appalling reports have been received here of the reception given at the Russian frontier to the Jewish refugees who have been expelled from Poland under the Government order which became effective April 15.

A large batch of refugees, men, women, and children, were escorted, in accordance with the expulsion order, to Korez, on the Russian frontier between Poland and Soviet Russia. On attempting to cross into Soviet Ukraine they were shot at and driven back by Soviet guards. The Polish frontier guards would not permit them to recross into Poland. The unfortunates are thus placed between two hostile forces, unable to enter either country.

The Soviet guards contend that the refugees are no longer Russian citizens because they left the country illegally, this despite an order issued recently by the Soviet government that the refugees should be allowed to re-enter the Soviet countries, the technical loss of citizenship notwithstanding. But the order has apparently not yet been issued as an instruction to the frontier authorities. Meanwhile the situation of the refugees is desperate.

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