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“help or We Perish” Jewish Refugees in Japan Cable

September 6, 1923
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Forty Jewish families, by all indications refugees from the devasted area of Yokohama, are in distress according to a cable today received from Koba, Japan, by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (Hias) through the State Department.

The Koba message follows:

“Forty Jewish families in distress remit by wire Help us or we perish.”

The message is signed “Mendelbaum” and is addressed to Hias c/o State Department. Mendelbaum was at one time connected with the Hias office in Yokohama.

Two thousand Hollars has been cabled Mr. Mendelbaum out of the Joint Distribution Committee funds following a conference between Mr. J###L. Bernstein, President of the Hias with Mr. Louis Marshall, President of the American Jewish Committee and Felix Warburg, Chairman of the Joint Distribution Committee. Mr. Mendelbaum has been asked for more details as the cable does not show whether the forty families are refugees from Yokohama are whether there are any more similarly in distress.

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