11,090 Jewish Artisans Protest Ousting from Cooperatives

Eleven thousand Jewish artisans of Leningrad have sent a memorandum to the Central Government at Moscow protesting against the “cleaning” undertaken in the Jewish cooperatives and kustars’ artels from which former traders have been expelled. The first artisans conference with 3S0 delegates representing 11,000 artisans, present, adopted a resolution asking the government to make an exception for the Jewish ex-traders and not to expel them from the arteis.

The memorandum declared that “if we are expelled from the arteis the government had better throw us all into the Dvina or Neva.” The Conference was organized by Jewish Communists who did not expect this acute problem of the Jewish ex-traders to be raised. An executive committee of the Conference tried to squash the resolution but the delegates strongly in-sisted on voting for it.

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