Lehman’s Office Sets Up Four Relief Centers for Jews in Tunis
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Lehman’s Office Sets Up Four Relief Centers for Jews in Tunis

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Four separate centers have been set up by the Office of Foreign Relief and Rehabilitation Operations to aid Jewish refugees in Tunis, the State Department announced today.

About 1,500 Jews fled to Tunis from the Nazi military regime at Bizerte. The OFRRO made special arrangements through local leaders and social agencies to provide for urgent food and clothing needs, as well as suitable shelter with friends or relatives.

The four centers in Tunis furnish health inspections, as well as milk, sugar, rice and clothing for children and the sick. The OFRRO is also helping the Jewish community return native refugees to their homes, and it is expected that the special services for them can soon be terminated.

The OFRRO has also played a large part, according to the announcement, in finding jobs for inmates of refugee camps. Some of these, sick or otherwise disabled, are being cared for in rest camps where they can get proper food and treatment. One of these camps is at Fouke Marine, Algeria. Other of these refugees are being accommodated in private homes in the Oran, Algiers and Casablanca areas. Special arrangements are being made to provide milk for refugee children.

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