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UJA relief efforts

Film | Accession Number: 2000.621.1 | RG Number: RG-60.2661 | Film ID: 2298

Title card reads, "UJA Report from Israel." Immigrants wave from a ship's deck while the narrator explains that these are Holocaust survivors arriving in Israel from Europe. Survivors disembark in Haifa as a crowd waits on the dock behind a fence. People sort through luggage and other belongings. A man stacks blankets and a woman searches for her baby carriage among several others. Items are loaded onto a truck which then takes immigrants to a camp.

Dramatic CU of International Herald Tribune headlines: "Heavy Burden Of Immigrants Strains Israel," "Situation Called Explosive,"(article written by Ruth Gruber) and "Bitter Immigrants in Israel Ask Homes in Crowded Land." Several panning shots of seemingly endless rows of tents in the camp. The narrator says, "Today, more than 68,000 are living in these tents. Did we say living? Sad exaggeration." A man rests on a cot, flies swarm around a little girl's face and a mother rocks her baby in a hammock. The narrator says that the sun and enforced idleness plague the residents of the camp, but they find productive work where they can. A woman sews and hangs laundry on a line.

The narrator comments on inadequate medical care: only 50 hospital beds are available for 11,000 residents at Pardes Hanna camp. An old woman lies sick in her tent, tended by a young girl. Women hold crying children waiting to see a doctor, two scrawny chickens tied to a rock, and a baby covered with flies, as is a bowl of food. A woman must walk half a mile for water. People walk down a dusty road toward a distant and primitive outhouse.

Immigrants stand in line to get food while the narrator comments that "they thought they were through standing in line when the left the DP camps." A few people argue while they wait. Interior shots of people eating in a dining hall. The narrator asks whether this situation is the fault of American Jewry. More shots of people in the camp. Immigrants pass each other walking on the road, a man with one leg uses crutches. The narrator pleads for donations to the United Jewish Appeal to help get these people out of these camps. Shot of man walking away from the camera carrying a child.

Production:  1950
Haifa, Palestine
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
Record last modified: 2020-08-04 09:20:52
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