British Leaders Praise Health Work of Jews

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The Jewish Health Organization of Great Britain, which is a branch of the World Union Oze, has launched an appeal for funds.

A number of messages have been received endorsing the appeal, including messages from Neville Chamberlain, M. P., the Minister of Health David Lloyd George, Professor Albert Einstein, Professor Besredka, head of the Pasteur Institute in Paris, Professor Haffkine, the famous bacteriologist, Sir W. Arbuthnot Lane, President of the New Health Society, O. E. d’Avigdor Goldsmid. President of the Board of Jewish Deputies, the Chief Rabbi, Dr. J. H. Hertz, Dr. Moses Gaster, Professor S. Dubnov, the Rt. Hon. Josiah Wedgwood, the Lord Mayor of London, Sir G. Rowland Blades, M. P., Louis Zangwill, and others.

Minister of Health Chamberlain, stated in his message: “I cordially appreciate the admirable sense of wisdom and understanding which has led the Jewish Health Organization of Great Britain to embark upon a wider service of popular education and clinical assistance on behalf of the health and physical improvement in the most needy districts in London and else-where. I am glad to know that the work has the approval of the public authorities concerned. I look forward with confidence to the scheme receiving the enthusiastic support of members of the Jewish faith.”

Mr. Lloyd George expressed his sympathy with the work carried out by the Jewish Health Organization of Great Britain and the World Union Oze. “The tragic economic and physical condition of the Jews in Eastern Europe.” he declared “has reached a point where every difference of creed, party and nationality should be set aside in the work of human rescue. I have every confidence that British Jews will rally once more to ease the terrible lot of the sorely-tried Jewish masses in the presence of the great danger threatening the preservation of their race. The Jewish health movement aims at the physical regeneration of the race, and in this it represents an essential counterpart of the great work for the political rehabilitation of the Jews.”

Mr. d’Avigdor Goldsmid, President of the Board of Deputies, said, “The community owes a great debt of gratitude to the Jewish Health Organization for the work already carried out by them. The investigations into the mortality from cancer, into the hygienic condition of Jewish schools, and the prevalence of visual defects have already proved most valuable while the intention to establish a clinic for the study and prevention of juvenile delinquency is deserving of every support. The results of these investigations when made public must improve the health of Anglo-Jewry and thereby lessen the burden on charities for the relief of the sick. I unhesitatingly appeal to the community to supply the funds necessary to carry out these and other highly valuable proposals.”

“Underfeeding, dire want and ravaging disease have, alas, undermined the health of hundreds of thousands of our brethren who survived the terrors of the post-war years in Eastern Europe. The importance, therefore, of the rescue and reconstruction activities of the Oze cannot be overestimated, and everyone should deem it a privilege to participate in this sacred work,” Dr. Hertz declared.

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