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Poland Exports Jewish Religious Books to Russia

September 20, 1926
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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The increasing demand for Jewish religious books in Soviet Russia is evidenced in the figures on the business relations between Russia and Poland.

According to the figures, the Soviet cooperative bookselling agency placed a large order for Jewish religious books with the Jewish printing shops of Piotrkow, Poland, which specializes in this kind of publication. The Soviet agency ordered large numbers of Jewish calendars, prayer books and Bibles. The first shipment has already gone forward to Russia.

DR. BERNHARD KAHN, EUROPEAN J.D.C. DIRECTOR, WILL ARRIVE WEDNESDAY

Felix M. Warburg, chairman of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, announced yesterday that Dr. Bernhard Kahn, European director of that organization is a passenger on the “Homeric” due in New York on Wednesday. Dr. Kahn is coming here for the purpose of making a full report at the National Conference of the $25,000,000 United Jewish Campaign in Chicago, on October 9-10, on the present economic status of the Jews of Eastern and Central Europe.

Dr. Kahn, according to Mr. Warburg, is regarded as one of the outstanding social service experts in Europe, and he became officially associated in 1920 with the Joint Distribution Committee, under whose direction $61,000,000 has been expended for the relief of war and pogrom stricken European Jewry during the past twelve years.

In 1922 Dr. Kahn was elected vice-chairman of the European Executive Council of the Joint Distribution Committee and shortly thereafter, chairman. From that time forward he has directed the various overseas functional activities of the Joint Distribution Committee. These include the care of Jewish orphans, of whom there were about 40.000 in Poland alone in 1922 and 10,000 in other countries.

The Joint Distribution Committee’s sanitary and hygienic work has also been carried on since 1922 under Dr. Kahn’s direction.

Prior to his association with the Joint Distribution Committee, Dr. Kahn was secretary of the Relief Society of the German Jews and Executive Director of the Jewish Colonization Association. He is also the chairman of the Evacuation Committee of the Emergency Committee of Jewish Refugees. His last report to Mr. Louis Marshall was to the effect that the refugees’ problem had been satisfactorily solved.

Captain Alfred Lowenstein, Belgian Jewish banker of Brussels, has offered to lend $50,000,000 to Belgium for two years, without interest, to carry his homeland through its financial difficulties.

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