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February 26, 1924
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The Jewish Telegraphic Agency is in receipt of a statement from the American branches of the Ort and the Idgeskom, giving further details regarding the Crimean colonization project. The plan, it seems, has been under discussion for a long time and is the outcome of a “back to the land” movement on the part of Russian Jews. Many groups of Jewish agriculturists have been formed and have received land, aided by the Ort. ,Some time go the Ort presented a memorandum to the Soviet government projecting a colonization plan of a magnitude hitherto only dreamed of. The Ort cooperated with the government in the perfecting of the plan which would give the Jews a region for colonization with an autonomous administration in conformity with the Soviet principle of self-determination. A committee was formed to work out the details of the colonization plan and also to work out a plan with all legal details and guarantees for the establishment of a finance institute in which the Jewish masses of other countries, particularly America, would participate. The details of the plan are expected to be announced within a few days and the work is expected to go forward this winter.

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