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Bogen Cables Reply to Russian Belief Complaints

January 23, 1923
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That the report of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency correspondent regarding the inadequacy of feeding and equipment in Jewish sections of the Ukraine was sent from the non-famine area, where the difficulties have now been adjusted through a new arrangement with the American Relief Administration, is the reply of Dr, Boris Bogen, representative of the Joint Distribution Committee in Russia to whom a summary of the correspondent’s complaints were cabled. Dr. Bogen declares the correspondent’s conclusions are “extravagent”, repudiates any suggestion of discrimination on the part of the A.R.A., assering further that following a special arrangement with the Administration 14,000 Jewish children are being fed, in addition to 12,000 portions assigned out of supplementary $25,000 voted by J.D.C. for Jewish children’s feeding.

DR. Bogen’S Cabled Reply Follows:

MOSCOW, JANUARY 19. JTA WIRE WAS PROBABLY SENT FROM NON-FAMINE AREA WHERE DIFFICULTIES HAVE BEEN ADJUSTED THROUGH NEW ARRANGEMENT WITH ARA STOP THE CONCLUSIONS ARE EXTRAVAGANT STOP IN VOLYNIA PODOLIA AND KIEV ARA FEEDING WAS EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT BECAUSE HERE ONLY FACILITIES ORGANIZATION PROVIDED BUT NO MEANS OF TRANSPORT STOP NO QUESTION OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST JEWISH LOCALITIES OR INSTITUTIONS AND IN GENERAL RELATIONS BETWEEN JDC AND ARA ARE EXCEEDINGLY SATISFACTORY STOP THIS IS ALSO TRUE WITH REFERENCE TO MEDICAL AND OTHER SUPPLIES STOP OUR NEW ARRANGEMENT OF TWENTYFIVETHOUSAND ### MONTHLY FOR FOOD FROM ARA STORES AS SUPLEMENTARY FOR OUR INSTITUTIONS ADMIRABLY MEETS SITUATION STOP WITH THAT NO COMPLAINT JUSTIFIED REFERENCE JEWISH SHARE IN ARA FUNDS STOP IDGESKOM HAS EXCLUSIVE CHARGE OF CHILDREN’S INSTITUTIONS WHICH RECEIVE FULL PORTIONS STOP FEEDING OTHER CHILDREN CAN BE DONE ONLY THROUGH KITCHENS AND PRIVATE RELIEF WHICH WE ARE EXTENDING IN ACCORDANCE WITH NEEDS STOP ARA FEEDS AT PRESENT JEWISH INSTITUTIONS IN PODOLIA VOLYNIA AND KIEV FOURTEENTHOUSAND CHILDREN AND FROM THE TWENTYFIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS SUPPLEMENTARY FEEDING IT IS ADDITIONAL TWELVETHOUSAND THIS TERRITORY MAKING TOTAL THIS TERRITORY TWENTYSIX THOUSAND JEWISH PORTIONS WHICH IS ALL WE CAN ORGANIZE IN INSTITUTIONS AND KITCHE’S STOP YOU CAN ASSURE THE JEWISH PUBLIC IN AMERICA IN MY NAME THAT ARRANGEMENT FOR OUR RELIEF IN RUSSIA IS PROCEEDING AS SATISFACTORILY AS CAN BE EXPECTED AND WHAT WE NEED IS MORE FUNDS AND SUPPORT TO DEVELOP OUR ACTIVITIES WHICH ARE PROGRESSING RAPIDLY STOP OUR RELATIONS WITH SISTER INSTITUTIONS AND GOVERNMENT ARE GRATIFYING-BOGEN.

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