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“ara” and “jewish Bourgeoisie” Scored at “idgescom” Exhibit

August 2, 1923
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The opening of the Idgescom’s exhibition here was attended with much festivity, representatives of institutions, public schools, factories, and many Jewish writers being among those present and speaking.

The present position of the Idgescom was characterized as a victory over the “American bourgeoisie” by Merezhin, a leading communist. “Instead of the American bourgeoisie dictating conditions as they did three years ago, we are now doing the dictating through the force of public opinion of the American Jewish proletariat enlisted an our behalf”.

Jewish press of America and Poland was attacked and ridiculed by Litvakoff, another communist, for its attitude towards the Soviets.

M. Rashkes, who until lately was head of the New York Bureau of the “Idgescom” characterized America as a “land which could help but does not want to”. He sharply assailed the American relief organizations. The American working masses, he said, wanted to help those suffering most, but the American Relief Administration sent the money everywhere, giving the smallest portion to Ukraine and White Russia because they were supposed to be more friendly to the Soviets than the other regions, although the suffering was most intense there, Mr. Rashkes concluded.

The exhibition includes a display of the work of 168 schools administered by the Yidgescom. There is a section showing the destruction wrought by the pogroms and another depicting the reconstructive achievements of the new period. The exhibition will be brought to America in a few months.

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