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Soviet Government Will Permit Establishment of Hebrew Schools in Russia

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The Soviet Government has no objection to the establishment in Soviet Russia of schools for the instruction of the Hebrew language, if the Russian Jews so desire.

The assurance was given by the Soviet Commissar of Education Lunacharsky, to Dr. Solomon Zeitlin, Professor at Dropsie College, Philadelphia, who is on a visit here. Dr Zeitlin, who came here to carry on research work in the Romanov archives, was received by Lunacharsky yesterday. During the interview the question of the persecution of the Hebrew language in Russia was discussed.

“The Government has no objection to the Hebrew language. On the contrary, I myself appreciate the value of Jewish history and of Hebrew for the general civilization, as the Hebrew language has an ancient literature. If there is any initiative among the Jews of Russia to organize schools for the study of Hebrew, I myself shall help the undertaking,” Lunacharsky stated.