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Two Jews Missing from List of Freed Moscow Doctors

The Manchester Guardian, reviewing the case of the Moscow doctors exonerated of charges of plotting to murder Soviet leaders, today noted that although all 15 doctors were declared innocent only 13 were listed as freed. It pointed out that two Jewish doctors, B. M. Kogan and Y. Etinger, were missing from the list of freed physicians.

The Guardian suggested that perhaps the two men were “no longer among the living.” It also suggested the possibility that they might be recovering at a hospital from what the Moscow announcement of the exoneration styles as “impermissible methods” of investigation which led to their being charged last January with complicity in two deaths.

The British press, commenting on the release of the Moscow doctors, sees in the Soviet action an end to the Anti-Jewish campaign and offers the possibility that Moscow will now adopt a friendlier attitude toward Israel. All commentators emphasize that the turning point of the Communist campaign against the Jews came barely a week after Stalin’s death.