NEW YORK (Mar. 9)
A National Freedom Mobilization directed against Communist attacks on the Jews of Eastern Europe and the State of Israel has been called for March 29 by the United Jewish Appeal and will take place simultaneously in leading cities throughout the country, it was announced today.
The nationwide mobilization, which will precede by one day the opening of Passover, will center in New York City where a rally will be linked by radio-telephone with similar rallies in other parts of the nation. Officers of the United Jewish Appeal, in announcing the mobilization, said that “this will be the first demonstration to be held on a national scale for the purpose of voicing American Jewry’s concerted indignation over Soviet assaults on Jews.”
The UJA officers stressed in their announcement of the mobilization that it will seek to register not only “American Jewish concern over the ominous situation of Jews in Eastern Europe” but to “focus attention on the United Jewish Appeal’s critical effort to help every Jewish victim of Communist tyranny. ” They pointed out that “the United Jewish Appeal has already allocated substantial funds to help Jewish escapees from Iron Curtain countries and stands ready to aid any others who may hazard flight into free Europe.”
Meanwhile, Jewish leaders in Northern California and Nevada today became the first American Jews on the West Coast to offer a material response to the threat of Soviet inspired anti-Semitism currently facing 2,500,000 Jews behind the Iron Curtain. At a regional conference held in San Jose, California, they made available to the United Jewish Appeal over $400,000 to help meet the urgent needs of Jewish escapees from Eastern Europe and to strengthen Israel.
Over 100 leaders from 22 South Carolina communities attending a state leadership meeting in Columbia yesterday presented substantial community checks to Jacob M. Viener, member of the UJA National Campaign Cabinet. They also gave definite assurances of sizeable additional funds within a month.