Moscow (Dec. 20)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency Mail Service)
The Central Committee for the National Minorities has just issued a statement on the position of the Jewish population in the Ukraine. Although there are no definite figures available, it says, it is possible to arrive at a fairly accurate idea of the numbers and the social and economic position of the Jews of the Ukraine. There are 1,750,000 Jews in the Ukraine. About 500,000 are members of the trade unions, that is to say, they are workers and employees; about 150,000 are peasants: about 600,000 artisans: and about 500,000 are traders and of the declassed elements. The census which is now in progress will show how nearly these figures are accurate.
There are about 10,000 Jewish pupils in the technical schools in the Ukraine. Ten new technical schools have been opened by the Ministry of Education this year. There are 7,363 Jewish members in the various town and village Sovicts throughout the Ukraine. In 1925 there were in the whole of the Ukraine 19 Jewish Soviets. Today there are 95 and 22 new Jewish Soviets being established. Thus there will be 117 Jewish Soviets in the Ukraine, 69 in towns and 48 in villages. There are 36 Jewish Law Courts in the Ukraine and 4 Jewish Investigation Courts and special Jewish Militia Sections and Revenue Offices are being organized. There is a network of Jewish Loan and Savings Banks and Jewish Cooperatives. The Loan and Savings Banks have a membership of about 65,000. There are a large number of artisan societies and mutual aid organizations. In some organizations the number or Jewish members is as much as 81 percent of the total membership.