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Yiddish Urged for Bureya’s Sole Language

A fight against the Russification of the Jewish autonomous district in Bureya, and the demand that Yiddish be used there exclusively, has been raised by the Yiddish Soviet press.

In an article by its co-editor, M. Sprach, the Moscow Emess, leading Yiddish daily in Soviet Russia, points out that while Yiddish is being spoken in the homes and on the streets in the Jewish districts, a number of Jewish Communist officials fail to employ Yiddish in the administrative, economic, professional and other institutions under their charge.

In a number of institutions, the Emess complains, the only concession to Jewish nationalism is a sign or two in Yiddish, and not always correct Yiddish at that.