French Press Comments on Petlura Assassination

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency Mail Service)

The French Press devotes much space to the assassination of Petlura by Sholom Schwartzbard.

The “Petit Journal” publishes an interview with the Soviet Embassy here who told its representative that the time when Petlura was in power was also a period of terrible pogroms against the Jews.

The “Trezub.” the Ukrainian paper here which Petlura edited, states that it is not true that Petlura was responsible for the pogroms. If there were ever anti-Semitic reports in the papers, it says, they were directed only against Jewish Bolsheviks and not against Jews as such.

Millerand’s organ “L’Avenir” writes that the murder is a mysterious one and will be difficult to unravel. The question, it says, is whether the guilty man will be punished. We know the juries of the Seine Tribunal, the paper states. “L’Humanite” condemns the murder as an act of individual terror bat, it continues, it shows how strong is the thirst for vengeance among those who suffered from the acts of the terrorists of the Russian counter-revolution.

The press in general expresses itself in sympatheric terms regarding Schwartzbard, speaking of him as a brave man who fought with distinction under the French flag during the war.

The Yiddish daily here the “Hajnt” writes: “Only a naive. nervous young man could have imagined that a revolver shot could wipe out the rivers of blood which flowed in the Ukraine. would take vengeance for the lives of the hundreds of thousands of Jews who were torrured to death. If we Jews were to take vengeance on all those who in streams, such assassinations would be daily occurrences.

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