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Painleve, Former French Prime Minister, Issues Stirring Appeal to French Jews on Behalf of Ort Campa

“The problem of reconstructing the economic position of 3,000,000 Jews in the East European countries is no longer to be considered philanthropically, but rather from a social and political aspect, because it is physical destruction which threatens these masses”, is stated in an appeal over the signatures of Professor Paul Painleve, former Premier of France, Chief Rabbi Israel Levi of Paris, and Professor Sylvain Levy, internationally famous authority on Sanskrit and chairman of the Alliance Israelite Universelle.

The appeal was issued on behalf of the $1,000,000 campaign conducted by the Ort (Association for the Promotion of Agriculture and Technical Trades Among the Jews) and has the endorsement of Leon Blum, Member of Parliament and well-known socialist leader, Pierre Mille, noted French writer, Zadok Kohen, son of the former Chief Rabbi of France and Leonard Rosenthal, pearl magnate and chairman of the Ort Reconstruction Fund in France.

“75% of the Jews of Eastern Europe have neither soil to cultivate nor tools and machinery with which to work. There is nothing but misery and ruin. We therefore ask the Jews of France to respond generously to this appeal of the Ort Committee in France. It is only through re-organization of the economic life of the Jewish population in Eastern Europe, that a remedy will be found”, the appeal states.