The Jewish colonization in Soviet Russia is the only ray of light in the dark picture which the situation of Russian Jewry presents, declared S. Dingol, managing editor of “The Day” who returned yesterday from his trip to Europe during which he visited Russia.
When interviewed by the representative of the Jewish Daily Bulletin, Mr. Dingol stated that he collected valuable data concerning the situation in Russia and other European countries which he will publish in a series of articles in “The Day.” Refraining from going into details, Mr. Dingol stated that Russia is now going through a period of a great social, experiment. This experiment, while it holds great promise, is attended by untold difficulties.
“No one can undertake to predict whether these promises will be realized. It depends not only on Russia alone but also on the relations of the other countries to Russia. As far as Jewish life in Russia is concerned it is necessary to emphasize that the reports concerning the number of Jewish Communists as well as the Jewish influence on the Soviet government were highly exaggerated. Of the 2,750,000 Jews in Soviet Russia there are according to latest statistics, only 40,000 Jews who are members of the Communist party.
“The Jewish colonization work in Russia is in my opinion, the only ray of light in the dark situation of Russian Jews. It would be very desirable that a sincere attempt be made to extend aid to the Jewish artisans as well. It is true that the government has a favorable attitude toward this class but they find themselves in a helpless situation, being unable to obtain credit to purchase their material and unable to find favorable opportunity to sell their products,” Mr. Dingol declared.