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Leningrad Rabbi Did Not Die in Prison, Soviet Says

Soviet authorities yesterday denied emphatically that the former Chief Rabbi of Leningrad, Rabbi Simon Lazarew, died in prison, as the Warsaw rabbinate was informed on Nov. 6. They stated that Rabbi Lazarew had not been arrested for religious propaganda, but for other reasons.

Rabbi Lazarew was freed from prison over a year ago and permitted to return to Leningrad, where he died in his own home, Soviet authorities declared.

The Leningrad rabbi was arrested by the secret police on Feb. 26, 1930, and accused of maintaining illegal connections with rabbinical organizations abroad. On April 3, he was found guilty and sentenced to ten years imprisonment in a concentration camp.