abroad to the Reichskristallnacht / crystal night and
to the split of CSSR]
[6.25. Smaller havens in Europe for Jews]
On the Continent there was scarcely a country that did not
accept some refugees, but the numbers were small and many
obstacles were put in their way. In early 1939 there were
still about 2,000 refugees in Yugoslavia, although by now
many had been expelled. JDC sent small sums of money to
aid the Zagreb community, which organized some help (JDC
sent $ 4,300).
Sweden took about 2,000 people, and so did Bulgaria.
There were between 16,000 and (p.269)
18,000 refugees in Poland (these were discussed above in
connection with the Zbaszyn episode). Norway accepted
2,000. There were 350 in Luxembourg, 600 in Greece, 200 in
Finland, 1,000 in Latvia, and so on. Even in Albania there
were 150 Jewish refugees from Central Europe. JDC did not
- could not - intervene in all these countries. In some,
like the Scandinavian countries, there were well-organized
communities or reasonable friendly governments. There was
no way to transmit money safely to certain places, but
wherever it was possible, JDC fulfilled its usual role.