Julius Rosenwald’s Millions for Jewish Colonisation in Russia: Tributes by Hezi of Government Commis
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Julius Rosenwald’s Millions for Jewish Colonisation in Russia: Tributes by Hezi of Government Commis

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The name of their greatest philanthropist, Julius Rosenwald, is extremely popular in the Jewish colonies, especially in the Rosenwald colony which bears his name, and I know that the news of his death will be received by the Jewish settlers there with the utmost sorrow when it reaches them, Dr. Joseph Rosen said to-day when the J.T.A. representative here informed him of Mr. Rosenwald’s death.

It is not only the millions which he spent on Jewish colonisation but the personal interest he took in every social work in which he was engaged and his warm sympathy with the toiling poor that singles out this remarkable man from so many other millionaires and philanthropists, Dr. Rosen went on.

Mr. Peter Smidovitch, the President of the Comzet (Government Commission for Jewish Settlement) and Vice-President of the Union of Soviet Republies, has cabled a message of sympathy and condolence to Mr. Julius Rosenwald’s widow, expressing the regret of the Comzet “at the passing of Julius Rosenwald, who most actively participated in the work of the Agrojoint in the Union of Soviet Republics”.

A similar message has been cabled by M. Smidovitch in the name of the Comzet to the American Society for Jewish Farm Settlements in Russia, of which Mr. Rosenwald was Joint President with Mr. Felix M. Warburg, founded on Mr. Rosenwald’s initiative in 1928 to facilitate the development and increase of farm settlement among the Jews of Russia, the Agrojoint, of which Dr. Joseph Rosen is Director, acting as its operative agency in Russia.


Cables of condolence have also been sent to Mrs. Rosenwald by the Agrojoint and by Dr. Rosen personally, as well as by the Russian Departments of the Ica and the O.R.T. World Federation.

Mr. Zegelnicky, the Director in Russia of the O.R.T. World Federation, described Mr. Rosenwald to the J.T.A. representative as the greatest Jewish philanthropist since Baron de Hirsch.

The news of Mr. Rosenwald’s death, first conveyed by the J.T.A. representative here, has spread rapidly to-day all over Moscow and has caused a great stir in all Jewish social circles.

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