The growing poverty among the Jewish population in Poland and the economic ruin of millions of Jews there, is assuming such proportions that even the government itself is now becoming alarmed about it, Dr. Bernard Kahn, European director of the Joint Distribution Committee, who arrived in New York this week, reported yesterday to the Executive of the Committee.
Dr. Kahn, who made an extensive survey in Poland before proceeding to the United States, declares in his report that “the physical conditions in which the Jewish masses in Poland live are appalling.” He emphasizes in his report that the restrictions imposed by the Polish government are adding pressure to the economic plight of the Jews.
“At least 1,000,000 men, women and childrenâ€”constituting one-third of the entire Jewish population of Polandâ€”are completely destitute and dependent entirely upon charitable assistance,” Dr. Kahn states in his report. “The economic status of the remaonder is exceedingly precarious, due to rapidly increasing unemployment, excessive taxation and economic discrimination.”
Pointing out that the assistance which American Jewry has given to the Jews of Poland for many years through the Joint Distribution Committee will have to be greatly increased this year, Dr. Kahn relates in his report that soup-kitchens similar to those es-