Jewish Workers in Russia Now Constitute 20% As Compared with Previous 2%

A large increase in the percentage of Jewish workers as compared with their pre-revolution status was reported to the session today of the All Soviet Zik by S. Diamenstein, chairman of the Ozet, Jewish Land Settlement Society, and a member of the Executive of the Comzet, governmental department for settling Jews on the land and in industry.

The percentage of workers among the Jews of the Soviet Union is now twenty as compared to the percentage of two before the revolution.

Jewish peasants, moreover, now constitute twelve percent of the Jewish population as compared with two percent before the war.

He cited the situation in Kremel as an example of the changes in the occupational alignments of the Jews. In Kremel where before the war, 54% of the Jewish population were small traders, there are now no Jewish traders.

Jewish National regions have been established on Socialist foundations in the Ukraine and Crimea. Mr. Diamenstein made no reference to the Jewish autonomous unit scheduled to be established in Bira Bidjan by the end of this year.

He compared the freedom enjoyed by national minorities in Soviet Russia with their status in capitalist countries.

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