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Jews in Europe Today Face Crisis Without Parallel Since War’s End, Morgenthau Says

Henry Morgenthau, Jr., national chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, declared here that the cut in intergovernmental relief programs leaves to private welfare organizations the “added responsibility for the large number of homeless men, women and children who have survived long years of oppression and war” in Europe. Mr. Morgenthau spoke at a meeting of the Delaware United Jewish Campaign as a prelude to the state’s $589,226 drive. The campaign will start on Nov. 16.

The former Secretary of the Treasury warned that Europe’s 1,500,000 Jewish survivors “today face a crisis without parallel since the end of the war.” The liquidation of UNRRA four months ago and the inadequacy of the funds made available to the International Refugee Organization have precipitated a “dangerous lowering” of living standards among those who suffered the most during the war years, he said.