London (Jan. 1)
Mr. Lloyd George, the Duchess of Atholl, M.P., Under Secretary for Education, T. P. O’Connor. John Galsworthy, who is president of the International Pen Club, and Edgar Wallace, the playwright, have sent messages to the Federation of Jewish Relief Organizations urging support of its winter campaign in aid of the Jews in the famine areas of the Ukraine and Bessarabia.
“I have always taken a deep interest in, and felt a profound admiration for, the Jewish community,” Mr. Lloyd George wrote. “The work of the Federation of Jewish Relief Organizations in relieving afflicted Jews must have the support and sympathy of all humane men of whatever creed. I wish the Federation all success in the great and urgent task which it has in hand, and trust that its appeal will meet with the generous support it deserves.”
The Duchess of Atholl stated: “The pitiable story of the distress and suffering amongst the Jewish people in Eastern Europe is one which must surely appeal to all, whatever their nationality or creed. May the efforts which the Federation is making to alleviate this distress have the warm support of all who have the welfare of humanity at heart.”
“I have never known a Jew who was not willing to help generously the suffering of every race,” Mr. O’Connor said. “I cannot think, therefore, that the Jewish sufferers in the Ukraine and Bessarabia will not receive from their own people and other races the sympathy they have so freely given always to the poor and suffering of every race and every creed.”
Mr. Galsworthy, sending a contribution to the funds, wrote: “I have read with horror of the distress among the Jews in the Ukraine and Bessarabia. I am glad to send my gift, and an earnest hope that you will succeed in raising sufficient funds among the Jewish communities in England to stem such a terrible tide of suffering. Generosity is proverbial in your race, a race among whom I have many friends and for which I have very great respect. My best wishes for your efforts.”
Edgar Wallace also forwarded a donation, declaring that the terrible conditions of the Jews in the Ukraine and Bessarabia is not a matter which concerns only the Jewish people. It appeals to humanity and to every Christian.