German Committee for Freeing of Russian Jews

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The German Committee for the Freeing of Russian Jews (German, 'Deutsches Komitee zur Befreiung der russischen Juden') was created in August 1914 by Max Bodenheimer[1] with Franz Oppenheimer, Adolf Friedman and Leo Motzkin to lobby for the socio-political liberation of Jewish people living in the Russian Empire and ensure their protection from pogroms. In November 1914 it was renamed the Committee for the East.[2]

The Committee was initially supported by the German Empire but as no Jewish insurrection arose against the Russians the Germans soon lost interest[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McMeekin, Sean The Berlin-Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire and Germany's Bid for World Power p344 (2010)
  2. ^ Sirutavičius, Vladas and Staliūnas, Darius (editors) A Pragmatic Alliance: Jewish-Lithuanian Political Cooperation at the Beginning of the 20th Century Central European University Press (2011) p125
  3. ^ McMeekin, Sean The Berlin-Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire and Germany's Bid for World Power (2010) p346