New York (Jun. 24)
Prof. Albert Einstein will lead a drive for an “Einstein Fund” to settle 30,000 Jewish refugee war orphans in the region of Birobidjen in the Soviet Union. The fund will operate in connection with the work of the American Birobidjan Committee, J.M. Budish, the chairman, announced yesterday. This committee already has settled 3,500 Jewish refugee orphans in the region.
The orphans are children who have escaped from the National Socialist persecution in Poland, Rumanie, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, Mr. Budish explained. They do not speak Russian and so have difficulties in other parts of Soviet Russia, whereas in Birobidjan Yiddish is the prevailing language, not only in the homes but in the schools, Government institutions and the press.