Soviets Decorate Five Members of Litke Expedition into Arctic

Five leading Jewish members of the Soviet Russian Arctic expedition, which has just concluded the first uninterrupted crossing from Vladivostok to Murmask, were yesterday awarded the highest Soviet orders and diplomas for “distinguished bravery in their scientific work.”

The Soviet ice-breaker Litke, on which the expedition traveled, carried in its crew Boris Bronstein, vice-commander of the expedition; Oliek Kuskin, chief radio operator; Lev Bronstein, brother of Boris, chief cameraman, and Benjamin B. Jugodoff, hydro-biologist, all of whom were honored.

The Litke expedition is one of a number of daring explorations and scientific enterprises carried on by Soviet bodies.

Adventurous Jewish scientists and explorers have played a prominent part in the Soviet exploration of the Arctic. The ill-fated Chelwuskin expedition under Professor Schmidt was saved by the Jewish supply officer, the only man killed when the Chelwuskin sank.

Five daring Jewish aviators were decorated for their work in saving all the members of the Chelwuskin expedition from the ice floe on which they were marooned.

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