Urges Help to Make Them Self-Supporting, Not Charity
Commenting upon the report made by Dr. Joseph A. Rosen of the growing misery which is befalling a million Russian Jews, outside of those who have been settled on the land, the “Jewish Daily Forward,” Yiddish labor daily, urges editorially that immediate action be taken to bring succor to the declassed Jews, who are doomed to starvation if no help is forthcoming.
The newspaper suggests that an emergency conference be called immediately to consider ways for bringing speedy relief.
“The great majority of the new Jewish land workers are also declassed, that is, former storekeepers and traders who remained without means of a livelihood. It is, however, impossible to transform the entire million into farmers. Succor must be brought to them on the spot where they are. The next best thing to do for these declassed Jews is to provide them with tools for work, machines and raw materials, which will enable them to become self-supporting,” the paper says, referring in particular to the type of work performed in Russia by the Ort, Society for the Promotion of Trade and Agriculture among the Jews. “Let us help the Russian Jews, not with charity, but provide them with means to make a living for themselves,” the paper states.