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Moscow Jewish Appeal for Tanks and Bombers Has Soviet Approval, Litvinov Says

The appeal issued by the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee in Russia to the Jews in democratic countries to contribute to a fund for 1,000 tanks and 500 bombers which will be given to the Russian Army as a Jewish gift in appreciation of its heroic fight against the Nazis, has the full approval of the Moscow government, it was announced by Maxim Litvinov, Soviet Ambassador, in a letter made public here today.

The letter, addressed to the Jewish-American section of the International Workers Order, a fraternal organization, reads: “I wish to inform you that the appeal of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee in Moscow, for the collection of funds, has the full approval of the Soviet Government, and any statements to the contrary are most malicious. I am unable to answer the other two questions in your memorandum, but it is understood that should the acquisition of tanks and planes be regarded as not feasible, the funds collected may be diverted to the purchase of medicines, hospital equipment, warm clothing, portable movie-projectors and portable radio-stations.”