Comzet Official Says There Are 380,000 Jews in Ukrainia Who Still Need Assistance
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Comzet Official Says There Are 380,000 Jews in Ukrainia Who Still Need Assistance

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There are 380,000 Jews in Ukrainia even now who require relief it was officially stated today by M. Kantor, chief-secretary of the Ukrainian Comzet, the government department for settling the Jews on the land. The economic facilities which the Central Soviet government has lately begun for the relief of the declassed and voteless Jews will undoubtedly improve the position of a considerable number but many of these Jews will continue to be in need for some time because they are unable to settle anew in better circumstances.

The number of Jews requiring aid includes 72,000 ex-traders and 50,000 artisans for whom it is difficult to obtain raw materials. There are 200,000 able to work but who still remain dependent on their families while 32,000 are entirely unemployed. In Odessa alone there are 30,000 Jews capable of work, requiring relief. Of these 12,000 are registered with labor exchanges but the others cannot register because they are ex-traders and voteless.

Kantor finds that during the last three years between sixty and seventy thousand Jews have found employment in Ukrainia. Of this number 15,000 were settled in the colonies, 10,000 in farm work in the vicinity of the villages, 20,000 in the cooperatives and 20,000 in various industries.

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