Million in Aid Given German Jews in Year
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Million in Aid Given German Jews in Year

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The sum of $1,011,330 was spent by the Joint Distribution Committee in connection with its program of aid to German Jews during the period from April 1, 1933, to April 1, 1934, it was announced yesterday by I. Edwin Goldwasser, one of the chairmen of the United Jewish Appeal of New York, which is now trying to raise $1,200,000 in New York City for the relief and rehabilitation of German Jews and for the settlement of refugees in Palestine. The United Jewish Appeal represents the Joint Distribution Committee and the American Palestine Campaign.

The funds were used to aid Jews in Germany re-educate themselves for vocational occupations, to train thousands of Jewish youths to acquire proficiency in manual trades and agriculture, to advance credits or free loans, to establish, enlarge and support Jewish elementary schools for children, to help maintain communal relief and welfare institutions, to facilitate the orderly emigration of German Jews to various countries, and to provide relief funds to organizations and individuals caring for refugees outside of Germany.

The allocation for aid within Germany itself amounted to $483,434. Allocations for refugee aid in other lands amounted to a total of $527,898, divided as follows: $287,427 in France; $76,429 in Holland; $16,589 in Belgium; $6,089 in Austria; $20,000 in Poland; $18,088 in Palestine; $8,895 in Czechoslovakia; $1,000 in Uruguay; $13,679 for various organizations, institutions and individual emergency cases; and $15,237 for non-functional and administration expenses in connection with German emergency activities.

In addition, there was an allotment of 400,000 francs (approximately $25,000) to cover transportation of 300 refugees from France and Belgium to Palestine. The balance of $57,500 was used for various purposes, including allotments to the Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced German Scholars, Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Physicians, American Friends Service Committee and administration expenses of Office of League of Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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