Reports that the Soviet government had decided not to permit the entrance of Polish Jews to Biro-Bidjan were termed “not correct” by Dr. Joseph Rosen, head of the Agro-Joint, in a statement to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency yesterday.
Dr. Rosen expressed the opinion that the Soviet government would definitely permit Jewish immigration from Poland to Biro-Bidjan. It does not, however, wish to do so through the Agro-Yid, Jewish organization established in Poland for this purpose, he said.
“The Soviet government,” Dr. Rosen stated, “wishes to be certain that the work of sending the Jews from Poland to Biro-Bidjan and of settling them there will be carried out by an organization which has sufficient funds and experience. It was no surprise to me to learn that the plans of the Agro-Yid were rejected, in view of the fact that this organization has no funds and has never had any experience in settling Jews. The Soviet government will, however, definitely agree to a Jewish immigration from Poland to Biro-Bidjan when the entire immigration work will be undertaken and supervised by Jewish organizations qualified to do this work.”
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