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Advancement of Handicrafts Ahong Jews in Germany Discussed at Conference in Breslau


The Central Federation of Jewish Artisans in Germany has just concluded at Breslau its sixth annual conference. The President, Herr W. Harkus of Berlin, in his Presidential address said:

“The Jewish workers in Germany stand solid with their fellow workers of other faiths. But they have formed an organization of their own to be able to observe their religion and to show that Jewry, too, is working for the advancement of handicraft.”

Hen Wolff of Berlin delivered an address on the place of the Jewish worker, in the course of which he said: “Despite all insults, the Jewish handworkers in Germany are determined to do all that is within their power to help in the reconstruction of the German Fatherland. From this effort to bring all mankind again to the realization of brotherhood, they will not allow themselves to be diverted by hatred and race enmity.”

Dr. Pacschkem, the syndic of the Breslau Trades Council, pointed out in his address of welcome that the President of the Jewish Artisans’Union of Breslan had been the first man to pass the mastership examination of the Breslau Trades Council and that he had proved himself an exceptionally expert workman. In his experience he had always found the Jewish workers to have attained a very high level of technical ability.

On the proposal of Dr. Jacobsohn of Breslau, it was unanimously agreed that the conference issue a call to German Jewry to advance handicraft among the Jews by every possible means, especially by maintaining the existing co-operative workshops and as far as possible increasing their number. The resolution goes on to ##ay: The conference pledges all affiliated societies and all individual members to seek to bring the younger generation of Jews to engage in handicraft, to assist them in obtaining a knowledge of a skilled trade and to find for them employment in suitable workshops. It advocates a close contact between all Jewish organizations interested in these aims, particularly those consisting of young Jews.

Further, the Presidium of the Federation and of the affiliated societies are called upon to establish mutual aid loan associations for the purpose of providing credits for the Jewish middle-class population to aid them in their productive work. They are also urged to establish co-operative federations of Jewish artisans, and to enter into contact with the Jewish communal organizations and the large Jewish organizations in Germany to get them to allocate certain funds for a certain period as loans to members of the Jewish middle-class to enable them to set up and develop productive undertakings.

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