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Dominican Republic Willing to Admit 5,000 Jewish Refugees from Egypt

April 25, 1957
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Willingness to admit “immediately” 5, 000 Jewish refugees from Egypt into the Dominican Republic, and to provide them with fertile land on which to settle, was expressed here today by Generalissimo Hector B. Trujillo Molina, President of the Republic, in the course of an audience which he gave to four Jewish members of the United States Congress.

The announcement of the offer by President Trujillo was made by the four Congressmen in a joint statement issued following their visit to the Jewish colony at Sosua, here. where Jewish refugees from Germany were settled in 1940 and are now prosperous enough to send contributions to Israel and to Jewish relief organizations abroad. The four members of Congress are: Reps. Chudoff of Pennsylvania; Isidore Dollinger, New York; Samuel N, Friedel, Maryland; and Herbert Zelenko, New York.

Alfred Rosenzweig, manager of the Sosua settlement, who came to the Dominican Republic as a refugee from Nazi persecution and became a naturalized Dominican citizen, was yesterday elected member of the Chamber of Deputies here, the first Jew to hold this position. He will represent the district around the Jewish settlement and the north coast of this country.

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