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Soviet Yiddish Press Hails Possibilities for Jews in New Red Areas

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The Soviet Yiddish press is conducting a propaganda campaign describing the unlimited possibilities of developing the economic and cultural life of the Jewish masses in the Western Ukraine and White Russia.

Articles and poems by virtually every noted Jewish writer, including Itzik Fefer, Peretz Markish and L. Resnik, are published daily and are devoted to the freeing of the peoples of Western Ukraine and White Russia from “the yoke of the Polish landlords.”

The Jewish State Theatre of Kiev is now touring Jewish cities and townships in Western Ukraine, while the Minsk theatre is conducting a similar tour in White Russia.

Many prominent Jewish writers have visited Jewish centers in the Russian-occupied territories of Poland and lectured on the Soviet Union. A book by the Jewish writer Skarovski, “Jews As a Nation With Full Rights,” has been published in the Ukrainian language and 40,000 copies are being circulated in the occupied territories.

At the same time, bitter attacks have been published against the moderate Socialists by the official Soviet organ Pravda, whose correspondent in Bialystok assails leaders of the Polish Socialist Party and the Bund (Jewish Socialists). The correspondent charges Bundist leaders Goldman and Anachovitch with maintaining connections with the Polish secret police and asserts that the Bund was a “nest of tradesmen, speculators and Trotskyists.”

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