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New Volume of Soviet Encyclopedia Blasts Jewish Religion

The latest volume of the Standard Soviet Encyclopedia issued in Moscow charges that the Jewish faith is “in the hands of the ruling and exploiting classes as a weapon of spiritual oppression of the toilers,” it was reported here from Moscow this week-end.

The section on Judaism in the new 600-page volume declares: “As ever it plays a reactionary role and is being used by the Jewish bourgeoisie of capitalist countries and by international imperialism as a means of the spiritual enslavement of the Jewish toiling masses.”