Use of Yiddish in Russia is Declining, Communist Conference Hears

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The position of the Yiddish language in the Soviet Union was considered at a special congress held in Kiev, according to a report received here. Although the growth of Jewish cultural institutions is proportionate with the growth of the number of Jewish workers in the industries, interest in Yiddish is continuously weakening, the delegates, active members of the Jewish Section of the Communist Party heard.

Yiddish is seldom used at meetings of the workers, the reports stated, the Russian language usually prevailing at these meetings.

The same condition also exists in the Communist Jewish schools in Kiev where tuition in Russian is given to 900 pupils and in Yiddish to only 70. The Yiddish circles of the Comsomol, Communist youth organization, have decreased from 5 to 1. Speakers at the congress also declared that in Charkov and Odessa the situation is similar to that in Kiev.

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