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Icor Writers See Chances in Biro-bidjan

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Possibilities of settling poverty stricken Polish Jewish workers in Biro-Bidjan and of developing Jewish culture there were discussed by a number of prominent Jewish writers Friday night at a meeting of the cultural section of the ICOR held at Central Plaza Hotel, 111 Second avenue.

References were made by the speakers to the report which Dr. Joseph Rosen, director of the Agro-Joint, delivered last Thursday at a conference of Jewish Welfare Funds in which he emphasized that, although the Soviet government had no intention of making Biro-Bidjan a homeland for world Jewry, there are none the-less great opportunities for Polish Jews. Such immigrants would find themselves much better off economically in Biro-Bidjan then in the Poland of today.

The speakers, among whom, were J. Apotoshu, A. Glantz, Peretz Hirschbein, E. Auerbach and L. Shapiro, dwelt particularly on the possibility that Biro-Bidjan may be the instrument for preserving Jewish culture for world Jewry, since the Soviet government intends to encourage an autonomous administration, the entire apparatus of which will be in the direction of Jewish life and culture.

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