Russia, gave a report on ten years’ work of his organization.
Mr. Hyman’s report reviewed that for the year 1933 and the early months of 1934, the Joint Distribution Committee expended approximately $1,320,000 in various phases of German relief work. A little under $500,000 was allotted for aid within Germany; slightly more than $500,000 was given to various refugee aid committees and in cooperation with the High Commissioner and the balance was spent for the continuance of vital work in Eastern Europe, aggravated by the return of thousands of repatriates from Germany.
“Subventions have been given,’ the report continues, “not alone to Jewish committees, but also to organizations like the Friends, International Student Service, International Committee for Securing Employment for Professional Refugees, Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced German Scholars, Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Physicians, etc., and non-sectarian refugee national or district committees.
“One of the most encouraging developments of the year 1933 has been the excellent impetus given to the work of our Junior Division by Miss Pauline Baerwald, its chairman. The Junior Division has made real headway in many communities of the country and bids fair to attract, to an intelligent understanding of our problems and to active participation in our work, many of the younger people of our communities.
“It is gratifying also to report that under the leadership of Dr, Solomon Lowenstein, and with the support of a number of Jewish organizations, the German Jewish Children’s Aid has been incorporated, to make provisions for such German children as will be sent here, to be cared for and trained in this country in the homes of carefully selected families. We have cooperated closely with this Committee and your Secretary is likewise the Honorary Secretary of that organization.
“Under the devoted leadership of Professor Joseph P. Chamberlain, American member of the Governing Body of the High Commission for Refugees, there has been established the National Coordinating Committee for Aid to Refugees and Emigrants Coming from Germany, on which are represented Jewish and non-Jewish agencies in this country interested in the situation of German refugees and immigrants in the United States. It is planned that this organization will not only coordinate activities of such groups here, but will also centralize the contact with the High Commissioner. The Joint Distribution Committee is cooperating with the Coordinating Committee.”
In conclusion, Mr. Hyman quotes a paragraph from the report of the German Jewish leaders themselves on the work of the Joint Distribution Committee:
“It is a solemn obligation of German Jewry to express its gratitude to Jewry outside of Germany for the help afforded. Particularly, we feel the necessity of expressing thanks to the American Joint Distribution Committee which, from the beginning of the present emergency and up to the present, has helped and supported us in the strongest possible way. Above all we are especially thankful for the understanding way in which this help was extended. Without this help, it would not have been possible for German Jewry to have carried out its plans independently and in an unhampered manner.”
The officers reelected besides the Messrs. Warburg and Baerwald include: Herbert H. Lehman and James N. Rosenberg, vice-chairmen; Marco F. Hellman, treasurer; William A. Koshland, associate treasurer; Mrs. H. B. L. Goldstein, controller and Joseph C. Hyman secretary.
WOMEN AID APPEAL IN COUNTRY-WIDE DRIVE
Women constituents of Jewish organizations all over the country are participating in drives to raise funds for the aid of German Jewry, according to the announcement of Felix M. Warburg, national chairman of the $3,000,000 United Jewish Appeal campaign.
Among the affiliated organizations are the National Council of Jewish Women, Hadassah, The United Order of True Sisters, the Women’s League of the United Synagogue of America, the Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, the Women’s Branch of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations the Women’s Zionist Organization of America and the New York Federation of Temple Sisterhoods.