Carlsbad (Aug. 26)
An urgent demand not to discontinue the relief work among the Jewish population of the Ukraine was heard by the Jewish World Relief Conference to-day when the message of Mr. Dessoua, representative of the Red Cross in the Ukraine was read at the conference. A message of similar content was also received from Dr. Tridjof Nanser, famous Norwegian explorer and relief worker in Russia in behalf of the League of Nations.
Disqueting information concerning the situation in which many thousands of Jewish children find themselves in the Ukraine was related by Dr. Adler, representative of the Jewish World Relief Conference at Odessa. The misery prevalent in the Ukrainian Children’s Homes is limitless, he stated. Half of the establishments for children are situated in buildings with no water system. There is not sufficient linen and the children are very often compelled to sleep huddled together in one bed. Half of the children in the Ukraine are homeless. Should we fail to relieve the situation, the degeneration of the children is unavoidable, Dr. Adler concluded.
In the course of discussion, the immigration question was taken up. Dr. Tiomkin and former minister of Jewish Affairs in the Ukraine, Mr. Berthold Latzki submitted their reports. They ask that an end be put to the chaotic manner in which the Jewish immigrants’ aid is being given. They demanded that a unification of this work be brought about. Mr. Latzki particularly emphasized the reed of starting an immediate, vigorous campaign to save from despair and destruction the thousands of Jewish refugees stranded in various European ports.
Dr. Jochelman, representing the Federation of Jews in England, reported on the plan to create a Jewish People’s Back. He urged the adoption of this plan and stated that the creation of this bank is the only possible way to turn philanthropy into credit aid for the immigrants. Mr. Benjamin, representative of the Hias in his report stated that the Hias came to Europe for the purpose of relieving the refugee situation. The time has come when European Jewry must take care of this work by itself.