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Only Effective Aid to Dp’s is Immigration and Long-range Reconstruction, Taft Says

April 28, 1947
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Truly effective aid to the displaced persons and other distressed peoples of Europe can be achieved only through long-range programs of reconstruction and immigration Charles P. Taft, chairman of the State Department Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid, declared here today at a West Central regional conference of the Joint Distribution Committee.

More than 500 representatives from twelve states in this area heard Mr. Taft and Lec W. Schwarz, former director of J.D.C. operations in Germany, describe recent developments in the overseas scene and current assistance measures abroad. I.S. Joseph of Minneapolis was elected regional chairman at a morning business session of the conference.

“While shipments of relief supplies remain of life-sustaining importance,” Mr. Taft asserted, “people do not live–and certainly peace does not thrive–on bread alone. Personal service, friendly aid and a kindly hand, educational and vocational help, and the rebuilding of community institutions such as hospitals and children’s homes are the means through which a spiritual and economic revival among the sufferers in Europe can be reached. These are the tasks of the voluntary agencies and I should like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the Joint Distribution Committee whose overseas relief, resettlement and reconstruction activities constitute one of the greatest private relief operations in history.”

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