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Jewish Health Organisation in Poland Closes Down for Six Months Owing to Lack of Funds

The Jewish Health Organisation “Toz” (the Polish section of the Jewish Health Organisation “Oze”) has reduced its staff, and suspended all activity for six months, because of the lack of funds.

The Jewish Health World Federation Oze (of which Professor Albert Einstein is President) is in a critical position on account of the economic crisis, one of the leaders of the Oze headquarters in Berlin told the J.T.A. last month. There is not a day, he said, without the Oze head office in Berlin receiving appeals from its branches in Eastern Europe, for urgent aid to save them from having to close down. The acute economic crisis has hit our Organisation and its work in Eastern Europe for the improvement of the health conditions of the Jewish population, much more than most other organisations, and hundreds of our institutions for children and adults are finding it impossible to continue their work.

In Poland, he went on, a Conference has been held of the Toz, the Polish Organisation of the Oze, at which it was established that the growth of impoverishment is bringing about a tremendous increase in the attendances at our medical institutions, particularly the tuberculosis institutions and the children’s institutions. According to the reports of the delegates, the examination of patients in the Toz institutions show a serious decline in the general health conditions of the Jewish population of Poland, and especially of the children. The economic distress is at the same time so acute, that it is impossible to charge the patients even the smallest fee for the medical attention they receive. The Conference has decided to appeal to Jewish world opinion to make a big effort to prevent the collapse of these vital institutions of Polish Jewry, and if the response is not adequate, the Toz may have to suspend its activities.

Similar reports, just as alarming in character, he added, are being received from other countries, especially from Latvia and Bessarabia.

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