The Borsha Fund: Dr. Filderman Was Not Responsible Says Union of Roumanian Jews Organ in Czernowitz

Dr. Filderman is President of the Bucharest Jewish Community for only a very short time, the “Bukowinaer Volkszeitung”, the Czernowitz organ of the Union of Roumanian Jews, for Bukovina, writes in an editorial, replying to Dr. Ebner’s accusation against Dr. Filderman, the President of the Union of Roumanian Jews, that he was responsible for the monies raised for the victims of Borsha by the Bucharest Jewish Community, which were deposited in the Berkowitz Bank. Last year, it says, the Bucharest Jewish Community was directed by Elie Berkowitz, who at that time exercised sufficient authority to need no help from anyone in directing the affairs of the Community. Dr. Filderman, it happens, was by chance in the chair at the meeting when this question came up. But the monies raised were received by the Community, which deposited them with the Berkowitz Bank. Unfortunately this Bank crashed in the summer of 1931. In what way is Dr. Filderman to blame for that? Is it Jewish that if you want to poison political wells you should rub more salt into the aching wounds of Elie Berkowitz, who has done so much for the Jewish Community of Bucharest?

It did not occur to us, the paper concludes, to exploit what has happened to the Jewish banks in Czernowitz, where Jewish money, too, has been imperilled for political purposes. Have we ever made Dr. Mayer Ebner personally responsible, for instance, for the fact that the Falik Fund, which was collected for the unfortunate family of the murdered student Falik, under the guarantee of Dr. Ebner, has been utilised for other purposes by the Community and no longer exists?

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