New Campaign of German Jewish Organization Hilfsverein, Outlined

(J. T. A. Mail Service)

The aims of the new campaign of the Hilfsverein der Deutischen Juden were explained at a press reception given by Dr. James Simon, president of the organization. Representatives of the German press as well as of newspapers abroad were present.

Dr. Simon stated that the Hilfsverein is now planning to again take up its reconstruction work on behalf of the Jews in Eastern Europe and also in the Orient. He spoke of the recent tour of inspection of the Jewish colonies in Russia made by Dr. M. Wishnitzer, General Secretary of the Hilfsverein.

Congration to the Western and overseas countries has been replaced in Soviet Russia by an internal migration movement which was made necessary by the economic transformation through which the Jews are passing,” Dr. Simon stated. “It is for the Jews of Russia a question of their very existence. The Agro-joint, the Ica and a number of other organizations are cooperating in this colonization work.

“The decision of the Hilfsverein to participate in the work has been received in Russia with gratification,” Dr. Simon stated. “There are a number of activities which still have to be carried out in connection with the work. There is a lack of hospitals, ambulatories, baths, schools, kindergartens and creches. It is also necessary to extend the workshops in the Jewish trade schools in towns. German technical science is able to help considerably in this respect.” he declared.

In describing the work of the Hilfsverein, Dr. Simon sketched the history of the organization since its formation in 1901, dealing in particular with its political activities abroad and the relief work conducted during the war by the late Dr. Paul Nathan in association with Dr. Bernard Kahn. He described the model school organizations carried on at one time by the Hilfsverein in the Orient and the present work which consists mainly of emigrant aid, the maintenance and education of orphan children and assistance to foreign students.

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