Warsaw (Jul. 10)
A memorandum asking the aid of the Polish government for the productivization of Polish Jewry, has been submitted to the State Labor Fund by the Association of Jewish Loans and Savings Banks in Poland, it was disclosed today by M. Giterman, Director of the Joint Distribution Committee in Poland.
The memorandum stresses the fact that the Jews, who constitute twenty-five per cent of the urban population of Poland, are suffering from an unprecedented economic crisis. This, the memorandum says, cannot be a matter of indifference to the Polish government.
The memorandum proposes a number of plans which would have the effect of alleviating considerably the distress among the Jewish population. Chief among these plans are proposals to aid the Jewish Loan and Savings Banks so that the process of self-help encouraged by them may be intensified.
Hitherto these institutions received an annual subsidy from the government of 75,000 zlotys (about $15,000). It is pointed out that in view of the fact that these banks have an annual turnover of ten million zlotys (close to $2,000,000), the subsidy of the government bears no relation to the vast amount of work carried on by these banks.
Now when a large-scale program for productivization work is being undertaken, it is hoped that the government subsidy will be considerably increased.