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High Soviet Official Says He Saw Only One Yiddish Writer in Moscow

E.F. Ilichev, head of the Soviet Union Foreign Ministry’s information service, who is here now with Foreign Minister V. Molotov has virtually admitted that Yiddish writers are no longer seen in the Soviet capital.

At one of the numerous cocktail parties given here last week by various delegations, Mr. Ilichev was asked what had become of Peretz Markish, Itzik Feffer and David Bergelson–three noted Yiddish authors who have been reported dead-as well as of other Jewish authors in the USSR. He replied that he knew nothing about any of the others but that he knows that Markish is in Moscow and that he had often met him at the offices of “Pravda,” official organ of the Communist Party.