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[Signatures and stamps of organizations]

Orphanage of Drohitchin
The Central Pioneer Organization
Zionist Youth of Drohitchin
Tarbut School
Borochov Group
[and others]

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[Photo:] Teachers of the Moriah School. Seated from right: Moshe Bezdzhezesky [sic], Leiba Losinsky, Betzalel Wolfson, Levi Feldman, Esther Taluvna, Sheinka Feldmanand Shalom Beich, Treasurer

By Todros Leib Milner
        Correspondent of Morgen Journal, December 3, 1937

Although this is almost a personal appeal, in any case, for a specific number of émigrés from this specific town, I would like to shake up towns with an appeal that we received because it is very characteristic of how Jewish youth are living, suffering, struggling and striving in the current emergency situation in Poland.

“At a time when political and economic anti-semitism have hurt the lives of thousands of Jews and have cast the young people into arms of despair, apathy and desperation. This is now the time for a large-scale CULTURAL project to be undertaken by the intelligensia and progressive forces. In order to support the nationalist spirit of the next generation of young people, and to strengthen the feeling of self-esteem and pride as men and Jews, therefore the decision has been made by all progressive and democratic parties in young people to devote all our energies to develop cultural activities through our own People's House, so that the local Jewish community can get together and derive intellectual satisfaction in both nationalist and cultural pursuits. The People's House can be created if we can collect 6-7 thousand gilders.”

This is the request of Jewish youth and public in a town in Poland to their satisfied and secure brethren in the United States to help them “create an intellectual and nationalist center in our town that will serve as a healthy presence for Jewish interests.”

This is my hometown of Drohitchin in the Grodno gubernia, which is now part of the eastern areas of Poland.

See p. 197 – a lively newspaper “Drohitchin Yawn”, written by Chaim-Leib (Herman) Grossman, today in New York.

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