Moscow (Apr. 21)
The Soviet government today announced plans for the jubilee celebration of the fifth anniversary of the founding of the Stalindorf Jewish autonomous region.
The celebration coincides with the tenth anniversary of the settling of Jews on land in Soviet Russia. According to official figures 13,207 Jews are now settled in the Stalindorf region. They are organized in forty collective farms.
In connection with the preparations for the jubilee, the Soviet press today states that Kalinindorf, the administrative center of the first Jewish autonomous region in the Soviet Union has grown to such an extent that its name will soon be changed from Kalinindorf (village) to Kalininstadt (town).
The district has grown not only economically but also culturally to a point where Kalinindorf now publishes its own Yiddish newspaper. The region also has many elementary schools, one high school and a teacher’s seminary.
M. Portnoff, president of the Stalindorf Jewish region, was expelled last week from the Communist party, it became known today. The Stalindorfer Emes, a Yiddish newspaper, published in Stalindorf, declares that the expulsion is due to the tendency shown by Portnoff to side with the banished Trotzky. The paper adds that from time to time Portnoff held secret meetings with fellow-Trotzkyists.