Kaunas (Jun. 25)
The impoverishment of the Jewish population in Lithuania is emphasized in a survey on the Jewish economic situation here made public today by the Association of Jewish Credit Kasses.
The survey establishes that Jews are losing ground in all branches of economic life in Lithuania. The economic difficulties affect the Jewish merchant, the peddler, and the artisan. Since Lithuania is not an industrial country it actually means that the entire Jewish population is affected.
The survey establishes that the majority of Jews in Lithuania are now living on their savings, which are rapidly diminshing.
“The sources of making a livelihood are growing fewer and fewer for the Jews in Lithuania,” the survey reports. “It is impossible to bring exact data on the number of impoverished Jews. It is sufficient to say, however, that this number includes thousands of families.”
The Jews, according to the survey, have lost their place in the export business and have also been ousted from many trades due to the fact that these trades have been monopolized by the government.