Conference of Jewish Peasants Called in Russia

The first conference of Jewish peasants, the growing Jewish class resulting from the social upheaval in Soviet Russia, will be held in Minsk during November. The Conference will discuss the immediate problems facing the Jewish settlers in their newly created settlements.

Greatest of all are the problems of housing and securing live stock. Many Jewish settlers who were compelled to leave their homes in the cities for land granted to them, suffer greatly from lack of housing accommodations. In many of the new settlements several families are living together. The process of building new houses is slow; although wood is plentiful in the region, transportation is difficult. The situation is acute, in view of the approaching winter. While the “Committee for Settling Jews on the Land” and the various government institutions have provided the seed, to be repaid later, the settlers are greatly handicapped by lack of modern implements.

The Conference will also take up the question of safety of the settlers, owing to the opposition of the neighboring Russian peasants.

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