War Invalids’ Conference Charges Misuse of Funds Collected for Them

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The world conference of Jewish war invalids was concluded here yesterday with the adoption of a number of resolutions.

One of the resolutions charges that the funds raised ostensibly for adding Jewish soldiers wounded in the war, and widows and orphans of Jewish soldiers were not utilized for this purpose. The resolution urges the executive committee of the Federation of Jewish War Invalids to “acquaint Jewish public opinion with the fact that the Federation comprises 600,000 Jewish war invalids, orphans and widows” and that “the Federation is the only authority entitled to distribute the funds raised on their behalf.”

The conference particularly directed an appeal to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, charging that the attitude of this Committee to the demands of the Jewish war wounded was a negative one. The congress, in a resolution adopted, appealed to Jewish public opinion, the Kehillahs, and to Jewish relief organizations to aid the war invalids. The executive committee was authorized to send a delegation to United States for the purpose of raising a fund for constructive aid and also to take action with the authorities of the League of Nations for the purpose of establishing the citizenship of the so-called “men without countries” among the war invalids to enable them to obtain war pensions from their respective governments.

When asked by a representative of the Jewish Daily Bulletin whether the Jewish Veterans of the Wars of the Republic are represented at the conference or in any way connected with the Federation of Jewish War Invalids, Morris J. Mendelson, commander-in-chief of the Jewish Veterans of the Wars of the Republic emphatically declared that the Jewish veterans of the Republic were not represented at the conference and that no connection exists between the two organizations.

“It is unfortunate that the organization bears the word Jewish in its-name for in this way it may give the erroneous impression to some who read of its activities that the Jewish Veterans of the Wars of the Republic are affiliated with that organization,” Mr. Mendelson stated.

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