Moscow (May. 20)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
American Jews will be asked to make further investments in the work to settle Jews on the land in Russia, according to a statement issued here today by Felix Warburg, chairman of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, upon his return from an inspection tour of the new Jewish settlements.
The Warburg party returned today following an inspection of the settlements in the three main colonization districts.
“I am satisfied and proud of the permanent foundation which was laid by the colonization work for the happiness and self-respecting, healthy life of the colonists, which will be possible here, probably within the near future,” Mr. Warburg stated when interviewed by the representative of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency here.
“The sources of existence for the Jewish population in the small towns in Russia are becoming scareer. The number of those who are anxious to settle on the land is steadily increasing. I am glad to observe that the work of the first three years of the Joint Distribution Committee in the colonization plan has gone along according to schedule. This is entirely satisfactory. To see the colonists in their homes, secure and contented, with hope revived and with good chances for the farms to start repayments, is a joy as well as a vindication of the plan of Dr. Joseph A. Rosen,” Mr. Warburg continued.
“When I return home I hope to persuade American Jewry to invest further in this practical, humanitarian work. All I can say in the meantime is that the value of this colonization work cannot be overestimated. Therefore, every assistance American Jews can give to this work ought to be encouraged, in the first place by paying the pledges toward the United Jewish Campaign without delay. Our obligations here must be met and time cannot wait,” Mr. Warburg stated.