Jewish Merchant in Vladivostok Shoots Two Agents of Ogpu

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Mark Zimmerman, once a prominent Jewish merchant in Vladivostok, shot and killed an agent of the Ogpu, the Soviet political police, and wounded another yesterday.

Zimmerman, who is sixty years of age, was arrested and will be tried by the revolutionary tribunal. He was active in Jewish communal affairs, having been the founder of the Kehillah in Vladivostok.

The shooting of the Ogpu agents by Zimmerman, it was learned today, represents a climax to a series of sufferings caused the Zimmerman family by the Communists.

Until 1922, Mr. Zimmerman and his brother had been large fish concessioners in the Far East. He was also one of the largest house-owners in Vladivostok. When the Soviet occupied Vladivostok, Zimmerman declared his loyalty to the new regime, while his younger brother left Vladivostok for China where he is now one of the large meat concessioners in Caichow. Notwithstanding the fact that all of Mr. Zimmerman’s houses and possessions were confiscated by the Soviets, the Ogpu continued to persecute him alleging that he concealed money. When brought to the highest pitch of irritation, Zimmerman shot his persecutors.

With the opening of the camp season 3,000 campers will be provided for in 24 camps conducted by constituent societies of the Jewish Welfare Board.

It is estimated that approximately 11,000 campers will have been accommodated throughoutout the season. Some of the camps are free and others charge a rate not above cost. The estimated value of camps which are owned by associations is approximately $1,200,000.

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