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First Artel for Jewish Extraders, Expelled from Others, Formed in Russia

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The first 150 Jewish ex-traders who had been expelled from other artels (artisans’ co-operatives) were organized today by the Ort into a special artel in accordance with the Soviet government’s plan to provide separate artels for those Jewish ex-traders who had been ousted from the regular artels.

This is the first artel whose members are all ex-traders but who no longer fear expulsion since the Soviet government has agreed that all those receiving machines from relatives through the Ort can form artels, notwithstanding their former status, provided that the Ort and not the government co-operatives supplies them with raw materials.

The Ort is now planning similar artels in other cities, thus eliminating the dangers to which the Jewish extraders had been subject of losing their rights when thrown out from artels as ex-traders. The new artels will make it necessary for the Ort to launch a campaign in the United States for funds to buy raw materials, which will save thousands of Jews here from starvation and will legalize their status as artisans.

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