The Joint Distribution Committee has been forced to reduce its allotments for German-Jewish aid for the last six months of the current year by half, it was revealed in a report by Paul Baerwald, chairman of the executive committee. While, for the period from January 1 to June 30, the organization allotted approximately $600,000 for the program of German aid, including activities within Germany and in refugee countries, for the last six months it was forced to reduce its allotment to $300,000.
“In all,” Mr. Baerwald reported, “about $910,000 has been allotted for the German aid program this year, and about $240,000 for the program in Eastern and Central Europe (including Russia) and cultural activities.”
The total grants to the Zentral Ausschuss in Berlin were approximately $275,000 which the Zentral Ausschuss, in turn, added to its own collections for its affiliated organizations for emigration and repatriation aid, including grants to the Hilfsverein and the Palestine Amt; for economic assistance through free loan Kassen for vocational training and retraining (Berufsumschichtung) and economic readjustment; for education and schooling; and relief and welfare aid, especially in the smaller communities throughout Germany.
France, which granted haven to the greatest number of refugees, has received the largest allotments during the first six months of this year $205,000.
For the refugee activities in this country, the commitee has made grants to the Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Physicians, the National Coordinating Committee for German Refugees.
Mr. Baerwald also announced that Mr. and Mrs. Pierre duPont of Wilmington, Delaware, have contributed $1,000 to the non-sectarian campaign for the aid of German refugees of that city.