Soviet Press in Ukraine Continues to Publish Anti-semitic Articles
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Soviet Press in Ukraine Continues to Publish Anti-semitic Articles

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The Soviet press, particularly that of the Ukraine, continues to publish anti-Semitic articles and cartoons, according to reports received here today.

A single issue of Dnyesterskaya Pravda recently contained three anti-Semitic articles. One, purportedly written “voluntarily” by three persons identifying themselves as “old Jews” offered readers “disclosures” on “the lies and falsehoods of the Jewish religion” and on “dirty transactions” allegedly conducted in synagogues.

The second article, headlined “What is Judaism?” described the Jewish religion as a “reactionary movement linked with American imperialism and ruling United States circles.” The third item is a “feuilleton” about “a Jewish mother’s attempts to cheat Soviet school authorities to gain advantages for her daughter,” The same issue carries cartoons of Jewish figures apparently engaged in illegal trading.

A recent issue of Kievskaya Pravda carries an article purportedly signed by two Jews describing black market activities allegedly conducted in synagogues. An issue of the Znamya Communista contains an article giving contents of letters allegedly received from Israel complaining of “horrible conditions” there.

It was recalled here that following the firing of a synagogue and a cemetery caretaker’s cottage in a Moscow suburb, experts on the Soviet Union here pointed out that while there was no doubt Soviet authorities were against such acts, anti-Semitic articles in the Soviet press were certainly contributing factors to them.

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