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To Bring to Trial Members of Village Soviet Where Jews Were Attacked

The entire Soviet in the village of Strugovo-Bude, Klynezy region, where a Jewish woman was killed and the houses of Jewish colonists plundered during an attack by village peasants, will be brought to trial charged with responsibility for the attack.

Concluding its investigation into the occurrences, the Executive of the Regional Communist party today urged the State Attorney to institute proceedings, declaring it considers it the occurrence an organized pogrom and not merely an outbreak of drunken hooligans as the State Attorney has officially termed them.

The investigation disclosed that not only the members of the Soviet but also local Communists were guilty. The Executive has therefore ordered a cleaning out of the Strugovo-Bude party ranks. “Party leaders saw how the anti-Semites ploughed the land belonging to Jews, how they persecuted the Jewish colonists openly at meetings and in daily contact. Their tolerating this encouraged Afanasi Shkapa to lead the pogrom.” the resolution adopted by the Regional Executive declares.

Shkapa was sentenced to death for the murder of Mrs. Zlata Bychowski and two of his accomplices were sentenced to six and eight years solitary confinement followed by deportation, in a trial held five days after the perpetration of the pogrom.

The village Strugovo-Bude has 600 peasants, among whom there lived 9 Jewish colonist families, who settled on land granted to them in 1924. It was reported that since they first settled, the Jewish colonists were subjected to persecution by the neighboring peasants.

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