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Distinction for “active Guidance of Jewish Land Settlement” Conferred by Soviet Government on M. Smi

The Lenin Order, the highest Soviet award, has been conferred to-day by the Central Executive Committee of the Soviet Union, on M. Smidovitch, Vice-President of the Soviet Union, and the leading figure in the Jewish colonisation work in the Soviet countries, for his life-long self-denying work in various fields, including his active guidance of the land settlement of the Jewish toiling poor, the decree announcing the award states.

Twenty Lenin Orders were conferred in all to-day, six of them being awarded to Jews, for outstanding services to the Socialist upbuilding work and the successful realisation of the Five-Year Plan. Four of the six are engineers, Mark Greenberg, Boris Brodsky, Lev Kaplan and Zemel Gishik, the fifth, Ephraim Aronsky, is Director of a big confectionary factory in Odessa, who was formerly a workman there, and the sixth is Rozalia Zemliatchka, alias Zalkind, a member of the Presidium of the Central Committee of the Soviets and of the Collegium of State Control.