LONDON (May. 27)
The executive committee of the Polish Jewish Refugee Fund today granted an additional Â£1,000 for relief of the 3,500 Polish Jewish refugees in Palestine and decided to raise a further Â£10,000.
The action followed receipt of an urgent appeal which said the refugees were in desperate straits. Cabled messages from Isaac Guenbaum and others described the precarious position of refugees continuing to flow into Palestine from the Balkan countries.
Since the outbreak of the war 28,000 Jews have arrived in Palestine, most of them from Poland, it was said. Recent arrivals include totally destitute persons from Lithuania and the Balkans, coming via Turkey and Siberia. The Jewish community is doing its utmost to help, but the burden is too heavy for the Palestine Jews’ means, it was stated.
The Polish Jewish Refugee Fund expended over Â£40,000 for relief in various countries since the outbreak of the war, assisting many refugees to reach Palestine and providing medical and legal aid and clothing for Polish and stateless refugees in England.