Aid Reich Jews on Mother’s Day, Mrs. Straus Asks at Tea
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Aid Reich Jews on Mother’s Day, Mrs. Straus Asks at Tea

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An appeal to the men and women of New York to make their gifts on “Mother’s Day” to the fund for the relief of German Jewish refugees was sounded yesterday by Mrs. Roger W. Straus, Chairman of the Women’s Division of the United Jewish Appeal of New York, at a tea at her home, 6 East 93rd Street, to inaugurate the women’s activities in the refugee aid campaign.

A quota of $200,000 for the German-Jewish relief drive opening at the Hotel Commodore on Sunday was accepted by the group of prominent women leaders who attended the tea, at which the officers of the Women’s Division were inducted.


“Thousands of Jewish women in Germany,” said Mrs. Straus, “will be inexpressibly sad on this Sunday which we in America have designated as ‘Mother’s Day’. We in America should observe this ‘Mother’s Day’ by giving generous contributions to the United Jewish Appeal in honor of our own mothers, who will be gratified by this form of tribute. Our gifts to the German Jewish relief campaign will enable many mothers in Germany to provide food, clothing and shelter to their children; and will enable thousands of mothers to send their children to schools where they need not bear the burden of shame that is forced upon them in the few German schools where Jewish children are still admitted. In the last analysis it is the women and children who are suffering the most under the Hitler regime.”

Others who spoke were Mrs. Alexander Kohut and Joseph C. Hyman, honorary secretary of the Appeal.


Mrs. Straus announced yesterday the formation of a Special Gifts Committee of the Women’s Division, to be headed by Mrs. Charles J. Liebman.

The members of the committee include:

Chairman, Mrs. Charles J. Liebman; Mrs. Robert M. Ackerman, Mrs. Paul Baerwald. Mrs. Richard J. Bernhard, Mrs. Myron I. Borg, Mrs. Herbert L. Carlebach, Mrs. Henry Epstein, Mrs. I. Edwin Goldwasser. Mrs. Fred H. Greenebaum, Mrs. Jerome J. Hananer, Mrs. Henry L. Heming, Mrs. Mortimer H. Hess, Mrs. Henry Ittleson, Mrs. George F. Kurzman, Mrs. Arthur Lehman, Mrs. Harold M. Lehman. Mrs. Sam A. Lewisohn, Mrs. Walter H. Liebman, Mrs. Abraham Liebovitz, Mrs. Solomon Lowenstein. Mrs. Paul Mazur, Mrs. Joseph M. Proskauer, Mrs. Paul Rosenthal. Mrs. Max J. H. Rossbach, Mrs. Walter N. Rothschild, Mrs. Samuel A. Sicher, Mrs. Hugh Grant Straus, Mrs. Lewis L. Strauss, Mrs. Samuel Stroock, Mrs. David Hays Sulzberger, Mrs. Frank R. Wheeler, Mrs. Jonah B. Wise and Mrs. J. J. Wyle.

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