Moscow (Jul. 12)
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
A survey of conditions prevailing in the Jewish colonies affected by the bad crop in the Ukraine and Crimea will be undertaken by Dr. Joseph A. Rosen, head of the Agrojoint, to determine the extent of the relief required.
Dr. Rosen, accompanied by S. E. Lubarsky, his assistant, is proceeding to the districts of Cherson, Krivoy Rog and Zaporozhje, from where reports of serious conditions have been received. The Agrojoint and the Ica are seriously considering purchasing bread in Siberia for the Jewish colonies, if the government will permit its transportation.
The problem is complicated, because it would be difficult to provide bread only for the Jewish colonists, white the whole peasantry in the neighborhood is suffering.
In the Odessa district, the Jewish colonists are temporarily suspending their intensive development and land work, although the situation there is better than in Cherson and Krivoy Rog.
Semi-official information emanating from the government states that the Crimea crop averages sixty per cent good and that the Jewish colonists there are comparatively well off. The same source states that field mice invaded 150,000 hectares in the Jankoy region, threatening the crop.
In an interview with the representative of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, D. Rosen replied to charges made by the “Emes,” Yiddish Communist daily that the Agrojoint refuses to maintain the Jewish schools in the Crimea and to reorganize the transmigrants home at Jankoy, which is dirty and unsuitable.
Dr. Rosen stated that the Jankoy house was always maintained by the Ozet. the Russian Jewish society for settling Jews on the land and there was no reason why it should not continue to maintain it. The schools were only built by the Agrojoint, but maintained by the government and there was no reason for a change in the system, he said.