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Jewish Groups in Britain Warned on Sending Delegations to Russia

A warning to Jewish communal organizations not to send off delegations to the Soviet Union for no better reasons than “prestige or glory seeking” was sounded here last night by R. N. Carvalho, president of the Anglo-Jewish Association.

Mr. Carvalho termed the sending of delegations by Anglo-Jewish groups a “tricky business” which should be determined purely on two bases: how is it likely to affect Russian Jewry, and whether it will harm relations between the USSR and Britain? If a visit was likely to prove beneficial to Soviet Jewry, he continued, it should be considered carefully and sympathetically.

Commenting on the recent changes in the top leadership of the Soviet Union and its Communist Party, Mr. Carvalho said that Jews should be concerned with how these changes will affect their co-religionists in the USSR. Nikita Khrushchev did not have a particularly good reputation in this respect, he noted, and Mr. Khrushchev’s “caustic remark about too many ‘Abramovitches’ in the Polish Government must not be forgotten–nor now the final removal of Lazar Kaganovitch, the last Jewish figure from the Russian Government.”

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