More than $1,500,000 has already been raised by the Jews of America for their persecuted and stricken co-religionists in Nazi Germany, Felix M. Warburg, national chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, announced yesterday.
The announcement was the first report since the campaign of the United Jewish Appeal was launched last March. The quota set for the United States is $3,000,000. The drive is being conducted under the joint auspices of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the American Palestine Campaign.
Mr. Warburg said the exact total obtained to date is $1,554,256. Of this amount the largest share, $704,000, came from New York City. Three hundred forty-one communities in forty-four states participated in the fund-raising efforts.
Additional campaigns are scheduled in at least 200 other cities, including Chicago, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Denver, Louisville, Buffalo, Atlanta, New Orleans, Milwaukee, St. Paul, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Rochester, Wilkesarre and Des Moines, Mr. Warburg declared.
Philadelphia has come through with $150,000 to take a position second only to New York, and Pittsburgh stands third with $100,000. Of this latter sum a small part is to be distributed among local charities.
In making public the sums raised, Mr. Warburg issued a statement in which he declared that “our call to the Jews of America has not been in vain.”
“We knew that it would not be,” he declared. “We were confident that, as of old, the Jews of America would say: ‘We will do â€”we will heed!'”
Speaking for the officers of the United Jewish Appeal, Mr. Warburg expressed “grateful appreciation” for the contributions, asserting that they were “greatly heartening.”