Riga (Feb. 29)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
The Bureya Plan recommended by the Jewish Communists and by the Comzet, the Soviet Government department for settling Jews on the land, must not be dismissed lightly, argues Latzki-Bertholdi, former Minister of Jewish affairs in the Ukraine, writing in the “Fruemorgen,” Yiddish daily appearing here.
The newspaper publishes an appeal by Russian Jewish leaders urging Latvian Jewry to help in the realization of the Bureya Plan.
Mr. Bertholdi, in his article, declares that it will be necessary for representatives of Jewry abroad, particularly in Western Europe and in the United States, to send an expedition of experts to investigate the Bureya territory thoroughly. Only if the report of this commission is favorable should practical work be started. The project requires serious consideration, the writer argues, since the Soviet Government offers a continuous territory for settling concentrated masses of declassed Jews, thus opening a possibility for creating an autonomous Jewish life. The article traces the previous territorial offers of Uganda, Anglo, Cyrenaica, Baron de Hirsch’s colonization work in Argentine and the Zionist colonization work in Palestine. Even in Palestine the territorialist aspect of the idea is not realized. Bureya must therefore be seriously considered, he stated.