New York (Apr. 18)
Dr. Loris Bogen, representative of the Joint Distribution Committee in Russia, Max Reinhardt, famous German theatrical producer and Professor Otto Warburg, former President of the World Zionist Organization were among the arrivals yesterday on the white State Liner “Majestic”.
Dr. Bogen, fresh from Moscow, declared he had come to consult the heads of the Jewish relif movement regarding the Joint Distribution Committee’s future plans for aid of Russian Jews. Conditions in Russia are steadily improving, Dr. Bogen stated, promising to make a fuller statement shortly as to conditions among the Jews in the Joint Distribution Committee’s field operation.
Herr Reinhardt has come to study the American theatre and to determine whether he will produce some of his plays, including “The Miracle”, a spectacle which requires a cast of 2,000. A committee headed by Morris Gest, who, with Otto H. Kahn, persuaded Professor Reinhardt to come to America, were at the pier to greet him. Lilibel Ibsen, who married a grandson of the play-right, also was in the welcoming party.
Professor Reinhardt said that the theatres in Berlin get more patronage than before the war, principally as a result of the inauguration of the subscription plan of selling tickets, which reduced the price.
While not intending to make a public appeal for funds for the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Professor warburg hopes to gain the cooperation of influential Jews in America in the establishment of the University. Professor Warburg, who is here for the second time, having spent several months in the United States in 1922 as a member of the Zionist Delegation, headed by Nahum Sokolow, is interested especially in the agricultural college of the University. He comes from Germany, where he stopped on the way from Palestine. In Palestine Professor warburg directs the Agricultural Experiment Station maintained by the Zionist Organization. Professor Warburg stated he is anxious to see the beginning of certain of the departments launched by next spring on Mount Scopus.