LONDON (Feb. 17)
A dramatic appeal to the British Government to permit shipments of food to the starving Jews in the Polish ghettos, similar to those recently sent to Greece, was voiced here today at a session of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
The appeal was made by H. A. Goodman, member of the Board and spokesman for the world executive of the orthodox Agudas Israel organization. He requested the Board of Deputies to approach the British Government in connection with securing such permission. Starvation among Jews in the Polish ghettos is as bad as that existing in Greece, he pointed out. Goodman added that he had good reasons to believe that the Polish Government would support such a request. He was assured by Prof. Selig Brodetsky, President of the Board, that the matter would be vigorously pursued.
A report reaching the Polish Government here today confirmed the fact that 165,000 Jews died in Poland in 1941. The report predicts that mortality among Jews in Poland will be much greeter this year. The proportion of Jewish dead in Poland is now 151 out of every 1,000 and even this high proportion is still rising, the report declared.
Authentic reports of the massacre of tens of thousands of Jews in Bessarabia, Bukovina and in the city of Jassy have been received by the Board of Deputies and were made public today by Prof. Brodetsky.
The reports reveal that among the thousands of Jewish victims were many who lost their lives in wholesale executions carried out by the Rumanian authorities. Many executions of Jews have taken place also in other sections of Rumania, the report declares.