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American Federation for Polish Jews Opposes Emergency Refugee Shelters in Palestine

September 6, 1944
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Strong opposition was voiced today by the American Federation for Polish Jews to the resolution recently introduced into both Houses of Congress calling for the establishment in Palestine of Emergency Refugee Shelters similar to that established at Oswego, New York.

In a letter addressed to the sponsors of the bill, among them Senators Taft, Thomas, and Murray, and Congressmen Somers, Baldwin, and Lane, Dr. Joseph Tenenbaum, president of the Federation, declared that the establishment of the proposed camps would be “detrimental to the conception of Palestine as a Jewish National Homeland where the Jew should enjoy complete freedom” and to which Jewish refugees should “be admitted without restriction and with no restraint imposed on their normal human liberties.”

Dr. Tenenbaun stated that although the Federation is opposed in principle to internment of Jewish refugees and favors the granting of normal liberties in common with all other elements of the population of the countries offering haven, the Federation “has taken an active part in bringing comfort, both material and cultural, to the 250 Polish Jews among the 982 refugees new at Oswego.”

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