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NORFOLK J. C. C. NEWS Page $ Passport to Nwhereortlh This community will s y have an opportunity to wit- ness a notable camera-study ! of the homeless displaced per- i sons of Europe, and right at :his time when our Congress s debating temporary legis- ation to permit emergency ntry of these uprooted peo- ple into this country. The kmerican movie-goer, who has een hearing and reading a ot about displaced persons in recent months can now go to his or her favorite theater and see these tragic people as they are today--and decide if they Would make good citizens. p This film, entitled PASS- ORT TO NOWHERE, an is- ? of the now celebrated O-Pathe "This Is America" eries, has been booked by ucal theaters all over the na- tion for release in the very near future. The film, which i Cmbines excellent camera- lle.rting and a stirring nar- auon, was made at a cost of $78,000 by RKO-Pathe in the interest of bringing this vital humanitarian problem to the American nation atthis crit- Ical hour. Stratton Bill C The legislation now before _,Ongress is HR 2910, intro- duced by Illinois Republican presentative W i 11 i a m G. tratton, April 1 This bill. Which has been in committee eearings, would create emerg- eCY temporary legislation rraitting 400,000 displaced l)ersons to enter this country during a four-year period. Up-to.Date Record RKO-Pathe sent a camera- G rew , headed by veteran news 'oelman Harry Smith, to Eur- , p.e this spring to make this orlsk and informed record of :ae displaced persons tragedy t _aw being enacted in the Ternment camps of Europe. -"e Camera doesn't lie. camera moves from camps at Hanau, Darmstadt. The these people way they are living ay, and the assistance be- rendered to them by such organizations as the World Service, Na- Catholic Welfare Con- American F r i e n d s Committee, Interna- Board of the YMCA, Jewish Joint Dis- Committee, and of others. The cost of the displaced person to behind barbed wire in is $182,000,000 a year nation. If they were to immigrate into Leading Medical Schools Contribute More Than 60,000 Texts and Journals to SOS Invaluable stores of med- ical literature essential to re- construction in Europe have been contributed in recent weeks to the overseas book campaign of the SOS (Sup- plies for Overseas Survivors) Collection of the Joint Dis- tribution Committee. More than 60,000 textbooks, journals, charts and reports were donated by New York City medical schools, libraries and individual doctors in an- swer to a special appeal issued by Dr. Archibald Malleck, chief librarian of the New York Academy of Medicine, in behalf of the SOS Collection. Books contributed will be used to establish medical li- braries in many of the 170 Displaced Persons Camps in Germany, Austria, Italy and Cyprus, and in 279 European child care institutions. Medical books and journals will also be distributed by J DC to doctors who are at- tempting to reconstruct their lives in communities through- out Europe. More than 2,000 doctors in Europe, including 60 in Berlin, 80 in France, 250 in the American Zone in Ger- many, 50 in Vienna, 100 in Italy, 350 in Poland, and 1,200 in Hungary, are supported-- wholly or in part -- by the JDC. Medical texts are also need- ed by approximately 3,000 medical students in Bulgaria, Germany, Poland, Roumania and Yugoslavia, who are aided by the JDC. this country, they would be- come self sustaining, PASS- PORT TO NOWHERE re- veals. Tells Graphic Story Animated drawings are used in this dramatic camera rec- ord to elucidate the problem of the displaced person. The animations show that there were originally 15 million, more than 7 million were killed by the Nazis, that of the 8 mil- lion left, more than 7 million have been repatriated. But the core of 850,000 still in dis- placed persons camps will not return to Estonia, Latvia and Poland because they fear re- ligious and political persecu- tion. Thomas J. Watson Accepts Chairmanship of National Christian Committee For the U. J. A. Thomas J. Watson, Presi- dent of International Business Machines Corporation, a n d former President of the Inter- national Chamber of Com- merce accepted the Chairman- ship of the National Christian Committee for the United Jewish Appeal. Mr. Watson announced his acceptance at a meeting in his office with Henry Morgen- thau, Jr., General Chairman of the U. J. A. Members of the press were present as the prominent American business leader declared that the "re- settlement of the homeless Jews of Europe is a paramount problem that is closely related to the well-being of all men." In his letter of acceptance Mr. Watson said that "proper adjustments should be made in our immigrant quota in keeping with America's uni- que record of hospitality to the downtrodden and persecut- ed of other lands." 120 Foremost Leaders The membership of the Na- tional Christian Committee headed by Mr. Watson con- sists of 120 foremost leaders in government, business, re- ligion, education, science and art. It is the first occasion in the history of the United Jew- ish Appeal that a national organization of Christians has been formed to support its campaign for aid to the Jewish survivors of war and persecu- tion overseas. J .D.C. to Provide Refresher Courses for DP Dentists Three outstanding leaders in American dentistry left for Europe to organize and pre- sent a series of refresher courses in modern dental tech- niques for dentists among the Jewish displaced persons in Germany, Austria and Italy under a program sponsored by the J.D.C. The J.D.C. team of instruc- tors includes: Dr. Samuel Hemley, Chairman of the De- partment of Orthodontics at the New York University Col- lege of Dentistry; Dr. Max Pleasure, assistant professor of dentistry at the College of Dental and Oral Surgery of Columbia University; and Dr. George Stein, President of the Pathodontia Section of the First District Dental Society of New York and a noted au- thority on dental research. Institute on Overseas Studies Meeting a need, expressed by many communities throughout the nation, for more detailed information on overseas agencies, the Council of J e w i s h Federations and Welfare Funds has organized an Institute on Overseas Stu- dies. The Institutes program will be guided by a Technical Advisory Committee headed by Isadore Lubin, former U. S. Commissioner of Labor Statis- tics. Harry Lurie, Director of the Council, has announced the major aspects of the Insti- tute's research program to be the following: Jewish needs will be ana- lyzed and appraised in relation to the general economic and political s e t t i n g of the va- rious countries in which Jews live The role of American Jew- ish voluntary programs will be studied in relation to'gov- ernmental and inter-govern- mental programs, local re- sources, non-sectarin volun- tary agencies, Jewish volun- tary agencies in other coun- tries, and the re-establish- ment and stability of Jewish communities in the European countries w h e r e American programs are now operating. The Institute will study both the existing work of the Jewish voluntary agencies and their plans for future pro- grams of rehabilitation and reconstruction. The Institute wil not dupli- cate research work already being done by operating agen- cies but wil emphasize the co- ordination of such data as has been gathered, its analysis and presentation so that the ma- terial can be used as the basis for arriving at judgment con- cerning agency programs and activities. On-the-spot studies will be undertaken in Europe and Palestine as required, in order to obtain information not available in this country and as conditions make such sur- veys possible. The Institute will conduct a continuing p r o g r a m rather than a one-time survey. It wil make periodic appraisals of the material gathered and it will issue periodic reports. The Institute will examine the overall situation of Jew- ish needs, particularly an ap- praisal of current situations and prospects of Jewish popu- lations for adjustment and for immigration.