Zagreb, July 8, 1941
To Jewish Religious Communities
As you know, Jews have been evacuated from several towns in the Independent State of Croatia for the purpose of joint deportation to concentration camps.1
People are mostly passing through Zagreb, where they stay for several days, and our community is obligated to feed them during their stay in Zagreb, and it increasingly looks like it will have to provide support for them in concentration camps themselves.
Naturally, our community would eagerly perform this Jewish and human duty, if only the material circumstances allowed for it; however, the cost of providing food and support is so high that the community will not be able to meet it from its allocations in the future.
We are therefore calling on all religious communities to immediately undertake, in the area of their operation, the drive among all Jews (that is, all persons defined as such by the legal act of April 30 this year—that is, including converts) for raising the funds for this operation, and to transfer those funds, together with their own—communal—funds to us via the enclosed forms, with the note "for the camps support," because only in this way will we be able to fulfill the obligation of providing support for Jews from certain communities.
We will not be able to accept any funds, things or objects from individuals: we can only process collectively raised funds transferred to us.
We are calling on communities to understand, for their own sake, the seriousness of the situation, and do their utmost to fulfill this request. We are also calling on communities to fulfill their duties towards refugees, since this will also be monitored.
This appeal is also directed at communities that have already been evacuated, but in which a certain number of Jews has been allowed to return, so they are in a position to collect something and send to this community in order to support the members of their community.
Finally, please note that we are sending you this act with the knowledge and approval of the authorities.
We are awaiting your urgent report.
[signed Hugo Kon] [signed Aleksandar Klein]