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Paints Gloomy Picture of Russian Jews

November 26, 1928
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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Expressing full credit to the work of American Jews through the Agrojoint, the colonization agency of the American Joint Distribution Committee, for saving many thousands of Russian Jews by placing them on the land, Paul Scheffer, Moscow correspondent of “Das Berlinner Tageblatt,” paints a most gloomy picture of the fate of Russian Jewry in what apparently is a series of uncensored despatches from Moscow.

The correspondent, who just returned from a trip to the Ukraine, makes the statement that one million Jews out of the two and a half million Russian Jews, are gradually being crushed in the mills of the grinding Communist process. The misery and the hopelessness of the situation of the Jewish communities in the towns and villages is a grim reality, he states which is made harder by the closing in of the Communist policy. As to the situation in the colonies, Herr Scheffer states that neither in the old nor the new Jewish settlements has he observed any optimism for the future. The huge taxes rob the settlers of their hope, he states.

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