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London Relief Federation Launches Special Appeal for Bessarabia Sufferers

A special appeal for the relief of the victims of the famine in Bessarabia is being launched by the Federation of Jewish Relief Organizations here. A special sub-committee has been appointed to make the necessary arrangements for the campaign. Pending the issue of the appeal, a grant of £600 is being made out of the general funds of the Federation for the purpose of establishing soup kitchens.

At the last meeting of the Executive Committee of the Federation, the chairman. Dr. D. Jochelman presiding, letters were read from the Central Relief Committee in Kishineff, stating that the position is growing worse from day to day, and that immediate relief is imperative for the feeding of the sufferers from hunger and cold. The funds raised by the Federation as the result of its New Year Appeal having already been allocated for immediate relief in the Ukraine, where the situation is exceedingly grave, the Committee decided to launch a special appeal for the Bessarabian sufferers.

The meeting considered sending out two representatives to the famine area in Bessarabia to obtain first-hand information on the spot and to advise the Federation as to the best methods of applying the funds raised in London for (Continued on Page 4)

relief purposes. Dr. Jochelman volunteered his services as one of the delegates.

In view of the fact that clothing is urgently needed, and that, under ordinary conditions, customs duties would have to be paid on all consignments, the Federation approached M. Titulescu, the Roumanian Minister in London, with a request that in the special circumstances, these duties should be submitted. M. Titulescu sent a telegram to the authorities in Bucharest. He received a telegraphic reply stating that the necessary permission has been granted by the Roumanian Ministry of Finance for the remission of the customs duties on parcels sent out by the Federation. This refers only to parcels of clothing, but the Federation is taking steps to obtain exemption from customs duties also for food parcels.

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