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Yiddish-speaking Official Rejects Library Plea of Children Written in Yiddish

“Speak Russian. We don’t understand Yiddish,” was the reply received by a delegation of Jewish children who appeared today before the local Soviet in Horky, in the Minsk region, to ask for library facilities. The children had submitted a petition in Yiddish in the name of their school asking for library facilities.

The president of the Soviet, who knows hardly a word of Russian himself, demanded that the children address him in Russian and rewrite their petition in Russian notwithstanding the fact that 80 per cent of the members of the Soviet are Jews who know no other language but Yiddish.