Ukrainian Students Warn Jews Against Defending Schwartzbard

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

An attempt to whitewash the memory of Semion Petlure Ukrainian leacer during the period of anti-Jewish pogroms who was slain by Sholon Schwartzbard, was made in what was termed a protest proclamation issued by 32 Ukrainian student organizations in connection with the approaching Schwartubard trial in Paris.

The proclamation was published in the German anti-Semitic press. In it the Ukrainian student organizations attempt to create the impression that Sahwarabard’s playing of Petiura was an act inspired by the Soviet government for the purpose of discrediting the Ukrainian national movement by leveling upon it the charge of responsibility for the anti-Jewish pogroms and to cause friction between the Jews and Ukrainians. The student organizations maintain that Petlura was not responsible for the anti-Jewish pogroms and that on the contrary he always attempted to prevent the pogroms. The declaration also protests against the efforts of Schwartubard’s counsel to base Schwartubard’s defense on the issue of the pogroms and the responsibility for them. They demand that Schwartubard as the slarer of Petlurs should not be defended by the Jewish press.

We Ukrainian students of the various colleges in Crechoslovakia. Germany. China. France. Poland. Belgium. Austria. Jugeslavia. the Free City of Dannig and other counties.” the proclamation states. “declare publicly in the face of the student bodies and the intelligentria of the entire civilized world our solemn protest against the unheard of insults libels and falsifications employed by the opponents and enemies of the freedom movement of the Ukrainian nation to wrongly direct public opinion in the civilired world particularly in France. so that they are prevented from understamding the real cause and sim which prompted the murder on May 25. 1926 in the streets of Paris of Semion Petlure. bead of the directerium of the Ukrainian Perple’s Republic These representatives ## at the same time to barm the name of the murbered man and of the Ukrainian nation to wrongly direct public opinion in the civilined world particularly in France, so that they are prepared from understanding the real cause and six which prompted the murder on May 25, 1926 in the secrets of Paris of Semism Pealura head of the directorism of the Ukranianism People’s Republic. These representatives and at the same time to ###

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