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720 Refugees Expected to Land in New York Today; 328 Arrive on Gripsholm

January 16, 1947
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Seven hundred and twenty survivors of German concentration camps, including 92 Jewish orphans, are expected to arrive here tomorrow on the Ernie Pyle, first immigration ship to leave Bremerhaven for the United States this year, it was announced today by the United Service for New Americans. The vessel has been delayed four days by heavy storms raging in the Atlantic.

A total of 328 refugees from all parts of Europe, including 75 whose passage and documents were arranged by HIAS, arrived here yesterday on the Gripsholm. Friends and relatives met some of the passengers and the remainder of the HIAS wards were taken to the organization’s shelter.

The U.S.N.A. provided corporate affidavits for 219 of the Ernie Pyle’s passengers, many of whom were delayed at Bremen because of shipping shortages. The 92 children are under the sponsorship of the United States Committee for Care of European Children, and reception care for the Jewish children will be prowided by the European-Jewish Children’s Aid, an affiliate of U.S.N.A., which will also arrange to place them in foster homes throughout the country.

The Joint Distribution Committee handled the immigration arrangements of the Ernie Pyle’s Jewish passengers and advanced travel costs in cases where the immigrants had no American kin to help them.

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