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Ort Leader Asks World to Think of East Europe Jews

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(J.T.A. Special Correspondence)

Despite the tragic situation of the Jews in Germany, the Jews of the world must not forget the distress of the East European Jews, “and it is our thankless task to remind them of this fact” declared Dr. Aaron Singalowsky, member of the executive committee of the World Ort organization, a colonizing body, in a speech delivered here.

“Now at the beginning of 1934,” he went on, “we must again emphasize that the progressive impoverishment of East European Jewry which set in about two decades ago, has not yet ended. The wounds inflicted by the World War on Jewish economic life are not yet healed. The Losses sustained by the Jewish population, particularly the trading classes, through the economic policy of the various governments, through the state monopolies, the growth of the cooperative movements, and above all the economic anti Semitism in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Rumania have been on the increase.

“The German catastrophe has also had the effect of weakening the Jewish position in Eastern Europe, if it has not actually demoralized it. In the face of what has happened in Germany, Jewish politicians and Jewish orators, the greater part of the Jewish population have become more modest in their demands for equal rights and equal status.

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