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Relief Groups in Russia Combine to Train Jews in the Metal Industry

A joint undertaking on the part of the Agrojoint, agency of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and the Ort, society for the promotion of trades and agriculture among the Jews, to train Russian Jews in the metal industry is now in progress.

The two relief organizations are jointly remodelling a number of buildings of the Kertch Metal Factory, Crimea, where the number of workers employed will be increased from 3,000 to 15,000. Young Jewish men and women from the small towns of the Ukraine and White Russia will be sent to the factory. This move is a part of the plan put forward by the Comzet, governmental department for Jewish land settlement.

The remodelled buildings will serve as dormitories for the arriving Jewish workers, who will have to undergo a period of special training, at a minimum wage, until they are qualified for work.

The first group of 120 young men and 100 young women has already arrived, and they are being trained at the factory. They were greeted by a friendly attitude on the part of the non-Jewish workers, who are aware of the plan to convert the factory into a project to help the small town declassed Jews.

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