Moscow (Mar. 22)
The Agro-Joint is prepared to assist migration of Jews from Poland and other countries into Biro-Bidjan, the Far Eastern autonomous Jewish Soviet district, it was stated today by Dr. Joseph Rosen, director of the Agro-Joint, which is engaged in settling Jews on land in Soviet Russia, using American funds.
In an interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Dr. Rosen declared responsible Jewish circles in America are interested in Biro-Bidjan. Their chief interest lies in the question whether it will be possible to settle foreign Jews from Poland and other countries in Biro-Bidjan on a large scale.
NO DECISION REACHED
“This question,” Dr. Rosen said, “is being considered very seriously by important Jewish leaders in America who display a certain amount of sympathy toward the immigration of foreign Jews into Biro-Bidjan. For a number of political and economic reasons no definite decision has been reached as yet by the American leaders on this question.”
Dr. Rosen disclosed that negotiations are now being carried on between the Agro-Joint and the Soviet government for the inclusion into the annual quota of Jewish settlers in Biro-Bidjan also a number of Jews from overseas.
“If these negotiations are concluded satisfactorily, then the Agro-Joint is prepared to assist the settlement of foreign Jews in Biro-Bidjan and their emigration from their native countries,” Dr. Rosen concluded.