Vienna (Nov. 29)
A delegation representing the Vienna Jewish community was en route to Paris today to negotiate with leading Jewish organizations, particularly the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, for extensive loans to the community organization.
The vastly increased distress of the Jews of Austria as a result of the program of the Austrian government in ousting Jews from the economic system of the country has compelled the Vienna community organization to project extensive measures to re-train Jews along lines in which they are still allowed to function.
The plan adopted by the Jewish community involves credit facilities for the middle classes and for those formerly engaged in intellectual pursuits but who are now deprived of their positions. It also provides for establishment of schools for instruction in artisanship and the trades, to enable Jewish youth to obtain the licenses required by the new government laws. This training is not available for Jews in Christian firms or institutions.
Negotiations concerning the loan were initiated with American Jewish organizations by Dr. Loewenhertz, vice-president of the community, on his recent visit to the United States, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learned yesterday. These negotiations, it is expected, will now be successfully concluded in Paris.
“The leaders of the Joint Distribution Committee in America and in Paris, are fully cognizant of the plight of the Jews in Austria and are prepared to help to the utmost, although the economic situation in America has considerably affected the income of the J. D. C. and decreased the sources of relief among American Jewry,” a statement by the community organization pointed out.