The Jews in the Eastern War Zone

The Jews in the Eastern War Zone

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The Jews in the Eastern War Zone

The Jews in the Eastern War Zone

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Of all the people that have suffered deeply from the present war, none have borne a greater burden than the Jews--in physical and economic low, in moral and spiritual torment.

Jews are today fighting each other in all the armies of Europe. Russia alone has over 350,000 Jewish soldiers; Austria has over 50,000; altogether there are probably one-half million Jews in the ranks of the fighting armies.

The Jews are bearing the brunt of the war's burdens, not only on the field of battle, where they suffer with the rest of the world, but also in their homes, where they have been singled out, by their peculiar geographic, political and economic position, for disaster surpassing that of all others.

When the war broke out, one-half of the Jewish population of the world was trapped in a corner of Eastern Europe that is absolutely shut off from all neutral lands and from the sea. Russian Poland, where over two million Jews lived, is in a salient. South of it is Galicia, the frontier province of Austria. Here lived another million Jews. Behind Russian Poland are the fifteen Russian provinces, which, together with Poland, constitute the Pale of Jewish Settlement. Here lived another four million Jews.

Thus seven million Jews--a population exceeding that of Belgium by one million--have borne the brunt of the war. Behind them was Holy Russian, closed to . . .

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