Leaders Freed by Latvia Told to Quit Country

Professor M. Lasersohn and other leaders of the Poale Zion, Socialist Zionist group who were released recently from concentration camps, today were forced to promise the authorities to leave Latvia immediately. The Poale Zion leaders are leaving for Palestine.

Fifteen Bundists, Jewish Socialists and two Poale Zion leaders are still in concentration camps to which the whole group was sent when a Fascist dictatorship assumed power in Latvia last May.

The Fascist regime, once it was in power, embarked on a general anti-Jewish offensive. Jewish newspapers were suppressed. Jewish working class organizations of all shades were dissolved and their leaders sent to concentration camps. The anti-Nazi boycott committee was outlawed and many of its members arrested. The boycott was prohibited.

Jewish schools and cultural institutions and Jewish community centers were also closed by order of the Fascist government.

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