Montreal (Sep. 29)
More than 23,000,000 men, women and children, including over 4,000,000 Jews, were “transplanted, deported, or dispersed” in Europe between June, 1941 and the beginning of this year, according to an estimate in an exhaustive study of the displacement of European populations published by the International Labor Office here today.
The study was prepared for the International Labor Office by Professor Eugene M. Kulischer of New York in consultation with Pierre Waelbroeck, chief of the Labor Conditions, Employment and Migration Section of the I.L.O. It estimates that more than thirty million persons have been torn from their homes and their native soil in Europe since the beginning of the war. This figure does not include millions of Europeans who, without having left their native countries, are not living at home because they have been conscripted for labor service or because of evacuations from bombed cities and coastal defense areas.
The study points out that international organization will be required to overcome the tremendous difficulties which repatriation efforts will meet in a shattered Europe after the war. The problem of resettlement cannot, however, be wholly solved by European measures, Prof. Kulischer says. Many Europeans, he predicts, will be induced by various reasons to emigrate overseas after the war.