Cuban Jews' Journey to. U.S. Aided by Hias
Nk.W YORK—(JTA)—Murray I.
Gurfein, president of United Hias
Service, said today that the agency
is "making every effort to imple-
ment the government's program of
assisting Cuban refugees to come
to the Untied States."
"In accordance with our govern-
ment's policy to give first priority
to family reunion and to political
prisoners who may be released by
e Cuban Government," he said,
e have already submitted to the
Cuban Refugee Center, in Miami,
at ZOA's Truman
A ward Ceremony
the names of all parents of unac-
companied Cuban Jewish children
and separated spouses. We are
working hard to reunite these fami-
He pointed out that United Hias
Service is in daily contact with the
United States State Department,
the Department of Health, Educa-
tion and Welfare, and the Immi-
gration and Naturalization Service
with regard to the Cuban refugee
situation. He urged Cuban refu-
gees, who wish to bring their rela-
tives here, to complete an applica-
tion supplied by the United Hias
Service, or its local cooperating
agency. "We have already received
inquiries which concern more than
500 persons. Their applications
have been mailed," Mr. Gurfein
He estimated approximately
2,500 Jews are still in Cuba, out
of an original Jewish community
which numbered more than 10,000
prior to the advent of Castro.
United Hias Service, he said, has
assisted in the resettlement of
close to 4,300 Cuban Jewish refu-
gees who have been relocated in
88 communities in 29 states in the
United States, the District of
Columbia and Puerto Rico. Includ-
ed in this figure are 400 unaccom-
panied Jewish children, 340 of
whom have already been reunited
with their parents in this country,
become of age, married, or joined
the United States Army.
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NEW YORK—United States Su-
preme Court Justice Tom C. Clark,
Ambassador W. Averell Harriman
and -Israel Ambassador Avraham
Harman, will be among the array
of notables who will attend the
presentation ceremony of the 1965
Theodor Herzl Gold Medallion of
the Zionist Organization of
America at the annual dinner of
the organization, Nov. 28, at the
Hotel Waldorf-Astoria, according
to an announcement by Jacques
,Torczyner, ZOA president.
The dinner will commemorate
the 18th anniversary of the adop-
tion of the United Nations Resolu-
tion for the establishment of the
State of Israel.
President Truman w a s the
unanimous choice for this year's
award in recognition of his historic
achievements for the establishment
of the State of Israel and his role
in safeguarding its independence.
He will be the seventh recipient
of the Theodor Herzl Award since
its creation by the Z.O.A. in 1958.
Last year's recipient of the award
was Sir Winston Churchill.
English Sisters Honored
in New York for Saving
ives of Jews in War
NEW YORK (JTA) — Two non-
Jewish English sisters, Ida and
Louise Cook, who saved the lives
of 29 Jews by aiding in their escape
from Nazi Germany before the
Second World War, were honored
at a reception at Gracie Mansion
Sunday by the New York Women's
Division of the Israel Bond Organ-
Mrs. Robert F. Wagner, wife of
the mayor, was chairman of the
reception. Gracie Mansion is the
New York Mayor's official resi-
In the years before the war, the
Cook sisters, posing as opera lov-
ers, made many trips to Germany,
bringing documents and London
clothing labels for the Jews they
elped escape from the Nazis. They
ere brought to this country for
e event by Trans World Airlines,
hich provided free transportation.
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