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Agreement Settles Fight Between Yiddishists and Hebraists in Esthonia

A fight between Yiddishists and Hebraists in Esthonia which threatened for a time to endanger the cultural autonomy which Jews enjoy in that country, has been settled recently as a result of a series of conferences between the two factions held recently in Reval.

The only Jewish gymnasium in Reval, which has been receiving a government subsidy, has Hebrew as its language of instruction, although several subjects are taught in Yiddish. The Yiddishists were dissatisfied with this arrangement, claiming that the Yiddish language does not receive a prominent enough place in the curriculum. As a result, the Yiddishists last year founded a school of their own, in which Yiddish is the language of instruction for all subjects. This brought on financial difficulties and a threatened withdrawal of government subsidies from both Jewish schools.

The compromise recently entered into between the two factions provides for the existence of the Yiddishist school until the end of the present school year. In the interim a special committee of pedagogues will work out a method of cooperation between the two factions. Should the commission not reach any agreement, however an impartial court of arbitration, consisting of three persons who are active in educational matters, will be provided for. This court will probably be invited from abroad and its decisions will be binding upon both parties.

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