Moscow (Oct. 20)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
The Ort, the society for the promotion of trade and agriculture among Jews, has secured permission from the Soviet Government to import 400 additional machines into Russia, duty free, for the declassed Jews and Jewish artisans who have applied through the Ort offices for such help from American relatives. Thousands are applying in Moscow. Kiev. Odessa. Minsk and Leningrad, where Ort offices have been opened for registration.
The importation of tools and machinery for the shoe, garment, and wood working trades will bring immediate relief to thousands artisans and declassed Jews. It will enable former Jewish traders, who are now unemployed because.
## ban on private trading, to gain a livelihood out of small scale production, and thus become self, supporting craftsmen.
Dr. David Lvovitch, member of the European praesidium of the Ort organization, who is the sponsor of this form of direct industrial reconstruction, and who participated in the negotiations leading to the Soviet Government’s agreement with the Ort, now in the United States, declared: “While the rush of registration of applicants to the Ort offices in Russia is no surprise to one who is familiar with the conditions there, the response of the relatives here has been amazing. They are applying in the Ort offices in New York not only in answer to requests from their relatives abroad, but in many cases they come of their own accord and there seems to be no limit to their willingness to help even the most distant relatives.
“All classes of American Jewry are represented in the application-rabbis, business men, workers, rich and poor. Many of them sent help during the famine in Russia in the form of food packages which saved the relatives from starvation: now they are just as anxious to send ‘tool packages’ to make the relatives once and for all independent and self supporting.”