New York (Oct. 2)
Although the needs of Europe’s are steadily rising as a result of the drastic reduction in intergovernmental relief programs, crop failures and general inflation, the JDC has been compelled to curtail its projected program of winter relief because of the slowness with which funds have been received by the United Jewish Appeal, Moses W. Beckelman, vice-chairman of the JDC’s European executive council, reported today.
Mr. Beckelman told a press conference at UJA headquarters that Europe’s 1,500,000 Jewish survivors this winter will face their “worst crisis” since the end of the war in Europe two-and-a-half years ago, and that starvation looms in Rumania and Hungary unless greatly increased supplies of food, clothing and medicines are provided immediately. He warned that the Jews cannot survive intact their third past-war winter on their present level of subsistence and called upon the American people to act now to assure their survival by supporting the United Jewish Appeal. Next Spring may be too late,” he emphasized.