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Communist Paper Reports Revival of Moscow Yiddish Publishing House

The defunct Soviet Yiddish-language publishing house, Emeth, is being reconstituted in Moscow, and a Congress of Yiddish Writers has been scheduled to be held in the USSR next January, according to a Moscow report here today in the Jewish Communist newspaper Naie Presse.

Emeth will publish Jewish works under the direction of a committee of Yiddish writers, and “a flow of Yiddish books is expected” to be published in 1957, Naie Presse reports. A Yiddish almanac, entitled Heimland, will be published in Moscow in October, while another is in preparation in Kiev, and phonograph records of Yiddish songs are now available in Moscow shops, the paper reported.

(There are 80, 000 Jews still living in Kharkov, but they have not a single synagogue in that city which used to have 40 Jewish houses of worship, it was reported today in Tel Aviv by Dr. Henry Shoshkes, journalist and social worker, who just returned from a visit to the Soviet Union.

(Kharkov’s chief rabbi died in prison last spring, Dr. Shoshkes reported, and was “rehabilitated” by Soviet authorities a week after his death. Mixed marriages among the young Jews in Kharkov run to as high as 50 per cent, Dr. Shoshkes declared.)

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