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Students Educated Abroad and Russian Emigre Colony Spread Anti-semitism in Bulgaria

Of the 1,500 invitations to participate in the Congress of Russian Scholars which opens here shortly not one was addressed to a Jew. The Consistoire of Bulgarian Jews, a state organ, was also snubbed. Bulgarian Jewish leaders are not surprised at this slight because they have been aware for some time that the large colony of Russian emigres in Bulgaria has been assiduously spreading anti-Semitism.

Further indications that anti-Semitism is growing in Bulgaria are seen in the anti-Jewish bias of Bulgarian students returning from foreign universities in Germany, Austria and Poland where they have been subjected to the anti-Semitic influences of their Polish, Austrian and German colleagues. Bulgarian Jewish students returning from Vienna and Leipzig report that their Bulgarian classmates are just as much anti-Semites as the Austrian and German students.

This anti-Jewish feeling is also filtering into certain official quarters. A recent law signed by the minister of education and approved by the King authorizes the use of textbooks in the primary schools only by authors of Bulgarian origin and nationality.