Furloughs for Jewish soldiers to enable them to be at their homes during the Passover celebration will be granted according to an order issued by the Secretary of War, Dr. Cyrus Adler, chairman of the Army and Navy Committee of the Jewish Welfare Board, announced. The order issued by the Secretary stated:
“The Secretary of War desires, in order to permit soldiers of the Jewish faith to participate in the celebration of Passover, that furloughs be granted to members of that faith for such time as necessary to permit them to be at their homes, when practicable, or at places where Seder celebrations are held, from noon, April 3, 1928, until midnight, April 7, 1928, provided no interference with the public service is occasioned thereby.
“Matzoth and Haggadahs will be distributed by the Jewish Welfare Board. Commanding Officers will lend assistance to and cooperate with the representatives of this board in such distribution.”
The Bureau of Navigation has issued to all ships and stations a similar order with reference to men of the Jewish faith who are in the navy.
There is also a standing order of the United States Veterans Bureau, granting leave of absence for Passover to Jewish disabled veterans who are in a physical condition to travel. The Jewish Welfare Board will arrange for personal visits and other services to those who remain in the hospitals.
The Jewish Welfare Board is cooperating with Jewish Centers and Y. M. H. A.’s for the celebration of the holiday by making available a bulletin which gives information for the conduct of Seder services and the celebration of the festival by means of entertainments and social functions.
FORM HATVANY DEFENSE COMMITTEE IN NEW YORK
A Hatvany Defense Committee to appeal to the Hungarian Government against the sentence of Baron Ludwig Hatvany, imprisoned for attacking the Horthy regime, was formed at a meeting held Friday night in the hall of the Hungarian Literary Society, New York.
Emil Ludwig, friend of Baron Hatvany, declared in his address:
“We say an injustice has been done, and we appeal to the Hungarian Government not to have this man suffer six years of imprisonment. Rather than judge him by the articles for which he was condemned, we would have his Government accept his five books, which show the good work he has done.”