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(June 1951)

Regulations, directives, publications, documents,   pp. 72-[73] PDF (1.4 MB)

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100,000th DP Sails for Canada
Sixteen-year-old Leons Ziemanis, whose heritage should have been
a farm in Latvia, sailed recently from Bremerhaven aboard the Inter-
national Refugee Organization (IRO) motorship Nelly as the 100,000th
Displaced Person to emigrate to Canada. With Leons went his father,
50-year-old Pauls Ziemanis (No. 99,998), his 43-year-old mother Nora
(No. 99,999) and the three younger Ziemanis children (Nos. 100,001 to
100,103), shown above at right.
Since IRO commenced operations in 1947, approximately 40,000 DP's
have emigrated to Canada under the close relatives' nomination scheme
and 50,000 have gone under various labor schemes. The remaining
10,000 were dependents. With departure of the Ziemanis family for
Canada, the number of DP's IRO has helped settle in other parts of
the world was brought close to the 1,000,000 mark.
IRO and Canadian Immigration Mission officials combined to make
the occasion a festive one, with the smiling Leons being made the
recipient of bon-voyage gifts and flowers. Speeches were made
felicitating the family, the speakers including Tom Gray (top), IRO
director for the Bremen area. As the stream of DP emigrants (left)
started to board the Nelly, the band of the 15th/19th Royal King's
Hussars (below, left) played. Below, right, the Ziemanis family lines
the ship's top deck to wave farewell.           Photos by P10, IRO)

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