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Jews Rank Fourth Among Russian Peoples Decorated for Bravery at Front and at Home

Jews rank fourth among the peoples of the Soviet Union who have been decorated by the Government for heroism at the front and for speeding production for the Red Army, it was reported today by the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee in a review of Jewish participation in the Russian war effort during the past year, issued on the occasion of the second annual plenum of the Committee which will open in Moscow on Sunday.

The Committee also disclosed, on the basis of reports reaching it from occupied Europe, that the number of Jews fighting in the ranks of the guerrillas in Poland, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Greece and elsewhere has greatly increased in recent months. It also cited the many Russian Jews who are leading and fighting with the partisan bands that constantly harass the Nazi rear. The masses of Jews in Nazi-held Europe are not quiescent, the Committee pointed out, adding that “the call of battle reaches them in the ghettos and concentration camps.”