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Father Declines to Pray for Daughter Because of Her Socialist Friends

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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The guli existing between “fathers and sons” in the ranks of Polish Jewry was dramatically brought out in a tragic case which occurred here yesterday.

A Jewish girl. Hannah Levine, 22 years old, died as a result of injuries she received in an accident. A number of her young friends marched in the funeral procession with uncovered heads and singing Socialist songs. Her father left the cemetery in protest and declined to say the traditional prayer for the dead, the Kaddish, at the grave of his daughter.



In the February 6, 1926, issue of the “Jewish Daily Bulletin” an item was published entitled “Jewish Schools in Lithuania Face a Crisis. 88.900 Pupils Would Suffer If Schools Close.”

This Legation requested the home authorities to forward statistical data regarding Jewish schools, and the following information received shows that a misstatement was made in the above mentioned bulletin.

According to official statistics, at the beginning of the year 1926, there were 13 Jewish colleges (gymnasia) with 113 classes, 183 teachers and 3,353 pupils. For the maintenance of these colleges, different Jewish organizations contributed 130,941.18 litas. The pupils’ tuition fees amounted to 656,786.63 litas and the government’s share of the expenditures was 328,462.70 litas, the government’s contribution being 29.4% of the total expenditures.

As to high schools (progymnasia and others), there were 11 Jewish High Schools with 40 classes, 78 teachers and 865 pupils. The total expenditures for the maintenance of these schools reached the sum of 277,088.05 litas, the government having contributed 111,853.19 litas or 40.3% of the total sum. Different Jewish organizations contributed 45,933.07 litas and tuition fees amounted to 119,301.79 litas.

Thus, the total cost of maintaining Jewish schools, excluding primary schools, with 153 classes. 261 teachers and 4,218 pupils, reached the figure of 1.393,278.56 litas. The government covered 440,315.89 of this amount or 31.6% of the total expenditures, the different Jewish organizations 176,874.25 litas and the remainder was covered by tuition fees.

According to the census of 1923, the Jewish population of Lithuania reached the number of 153,743. The number of children of Jewish parents who would have to attend primary schools (from 7 to 14 years of age) was 26,897.

According to official data of the Ministry of Education, the Lithuanian Communes maintain 100 Jewish elementary schools, the Ministry of Education 1. the Jewish Communities and Jewish organizations 21 elementary schools. In all the Jewish elementary schools there were 258 teachers, of which number 209 received their salaries from the budget of the Ministry of Education.

From this data, it is evident that the assertion that the “Tarbut Society maintains 103 elementary schools with 408 classes, 270 teachers, and 85,000 pupils.” is erroneous.

KAZYS BIZAUSKAS, Lithuanian Minister.

Lithuanian Legation, Washington. D. C. August 20, 1926.



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New York, Aug. 19, 1926.

Paul Schindler, well known musical director and composer of musical comedies, who had been a familiar figure on Broadway for twenty-five years, committed suicide on Friday. He was fifty-six. Schindler was born in Boston and was the son of a rabbi.

Miss Beatrice Gottlieb won the New York City women’s municipal golf championship on Friday, defeating Mrs. Sallie Macmillan.

Milton Hanauer of New York City, 18 years old, who was graduated from City College of New York in the last term and is affiliated with the Marshall Chess Club, won the championiship tournament at the annual meeting of the New York State Chess Association which was concluded at the Rome, N. Y., Y.M.C.A., on Friday.

Professor Samuel Wermel, lecturer at the first Moscow state university, died on Friday.

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