Soviet Praised for Liberalism Toward Jews

The directorate and personnel of the American Jewish Agro-Joint which has been working in the Soviet during the past twelve years in agricultural and artisan settlement, has issued a statement in the press hailing the government’s stand on the Jewish question.

“The Soviet government,” says the statement, “is giving effect not only to the de jure but also to the de facto equality of the Jews in law, economic life, culture, etc. Almost the entire Jewish population, approximately ninety-six per cent of it, has been brought into productive work. Hundreds of thousands of Jews are working in the factories and works, about a quarter of a million Jews are engaged in agriculture and branches.

“Working for twelve years in the field of settlement, the Agro-Joint is in a position to observe at close quarters the attention given by the Soviet authorities to the migration of the Jews, the large tracts of land and funds allocated by the government for migration work, the credits, inventory, exemptions, and privileges granted them, etc.

“The measures taken by the Soviet government for the economic and cultural revival of the Jewish population evoke great sympathy on the part of the Jewish and non-Jewish circles also beyond the frontiers of the Soviet. We feel an immense joy in having the opportunity to participate in this work.”

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