PARIS (Oct. 2)
The Havas News Agency quoted reports in Le Matin today that Maxim Litvinoff, veteran Soviet Commissar of Foreign Affairs, is due to be removed because he is a Jew.
Litvinoff, Le Matin said, will be the next victim of the systematic drive allegedly led by Marshal Klementi Voroshilov, Soviet army chief, to eliminate Jews from all high posts in the Soviet Government.
Le Matin’s report was based on the recent arrest of Stephan Raievsky, editor of The Journal de Moscou, French Journal published at the Soviet capital and usually regarded as the organ of the Foreign Commissariat.
Raievsky, according to Le Matin, was Litvinoff’s particular friend and adviser. He functioned as liaison man between Litvinoff and foreign diplomats and Journalists in Moscow, the paper said. His arrest reportedly caused a sensation in Moscow foreign circles.