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General Denikin, the White Russian Czarist general who has gone into Jewish history for his monstrous anti-Jewish pogroms, has popped up again. After many years of seclusion, he is once more offering his services to “save” Russia.

General Denikin has been living in Yugoslavia quietly for the last ten years as a political emigre. He has isolated himself from political activities and has not been heard from in the press during all this time.

The ambitions of Nazi Germany to align with Poland for an invasion of Soviet Russia and the recent trip which General Goering made to Poland, have seemingly given General Denikin a new impetus. He suddenly appeared in Praha with a new idea that “now is the time to save Russia for humanity.”


General Denikin’s sudden preaching of “humanity” in Praha may and may not be stimulated from Berlin. It is, however, clear that the “White” general, who is responsible for about 226 pogroms in which thousands of Jews were slaughtered mercilessly, is as far from real human feeling as Hitler is from love for the Jews.

There is no doubt that many Jews would like to see a more moderate regime in Soviet Russia than the one in power there today. But the vision of a regime composed of the German Nazis, the Polish anti-Semites and the bloodthirsty generals of Denikin’s type is sufficient to make any Jew realize what might happen to the three million of Jews of Russia if the anti-Soviet ambitions of the Nazis were realized.


The press abroad is now full of comments on the alleged German-Polish compact for invasion of Russia. In this invasion the Ukrainian nationalist organizations in Galicia would play an important role, since the project provides for an uprising in the Ukrainian Republic.

There are more than two million Jews in the Soviet Ukraine today. Not all of them are satisfied with the Soviet regime, but all of them would prefer to remain under the Soviets rather than to fall under the rule of a combined Nazi-Polish dictatorship with General Denikin as executor.

The reappearance of General Denikin on the political horizon simultaneously with the visit of General Goering to Poland is, however, indicative of the plans of aggression now brewing in Germany. It is quite clear that Nazi Germany has made up her mind to win the Baltic territories and to regain the Danzig corridor in exchange for a barter agreement with Poland for certain territories in Soviet Russia. Clouded as these plans are, they are gradually becoming clearer.

From the standpoint of the millions of Jews whose fate may be involved in case of war, these plans are worth watching. The Jews in America have not forgotten as yet the tremendous relief work which was required for the Jews in Eastern Europe during the last war.

The contemplated war against Soviet Russia will require even greater relief activities, since it will affect the Ukraine, a territory thickly populated with Jews, and the Baltic countries, where the Jews form a substantial percentage of the population.

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