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J.D.C. to Quit Russia in November

August 21, 1923
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The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has commenced the process of gradual liquidation and will end its activities in Russia in November.

The termination of the activities of the J.D.C. at present is being opposed by the Moscow representative of the organization Doctors Rosen and Bogen as premature. They are planning to leave for the States in October in a final effort to obtain the continuation of the work.

The dissolution at present, Jewish representatives contend, will mean death by starvation to thousands, particularly to children who are now dependent on the J.D.C. for food.

Russian Jewish circles here believe that if American Jewry realized the true situation in Russia, they would never consent to the liquidation. Even if there is a good harvest in Russia, it will mean little to the Jewish population, it is pointed out, in view of the fact that it is largely urban.

Prices in general are still far beyond the reach of any except of the most fortunately situated, the cheapest suit of clothes selling for seventy dollars.

In many towns of the Ukraine, the J.T.A. representative learns, homes for Jewish children are being closed for lack of funds. The Idgescom departments are also being abandoned in many cities.

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