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Sholom Schwartzbard Organizes “world Union for Jewish Self-defense”

May 10, 1929
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An action which is likely to arouse disapproval in many Jewish circles and cause wide controversy has been launched here by Sholom Schwartzbard, watchmaker and poet, acquitted slayer of Semion Petlura.

Mr. Schwartzbard, who returned to Paris from his journeys to Syria and a thwarted attempt to settle in Palestine, joined by an attorney named Eberlin, issued an appeal urging the creation of a “world union for Jewish self-defense,” the purpose of which is to defend the Jewish populations in East European countries against pogroms. The appeal dwells on the horrors of the anti-Jewish pogroms in the Ukraine and other regions in 1919-1920 and asserts that “a permanent pogrom” is still raging in Eastern and Central Europe. The appeal urges “organization to put an end to it for otherwise we will be too late to prevent events similar to those of 1919.”

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