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Soviet Press Charged with Continuing Anti-jewish Incitement

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Experts on Soviet affairs here today charged that the Soviet press is continuing its” petty but dangerous” anti-Jewish campaign and singled out the Komsomolskaya Pravda, Moscow daily newspaper which is especially influential among Soviet youth, as carrying articles of inciting anti-Jewish character.

The issue of Komsomolskaya Pravda of September 16 was cited as an example. An article in this issue denounces “crooks” who “pretend to be sick” and take up place in Black Sea rest homes and sanatoriums. The article listed the names of such “crooks” to emphasize that the majority of them are Jews.

That Communists in France are becoming worried lest officially-condoned Soviet anti-Semitism may lose friends for the Soviet Union was seen here today in the fact that Maurice Thorez, leading French Communist, issued a statement saying that he would “devote particular attention to the Jewish problem” when he attends the Communist world congress in Moscow.

M. Thorez issued the statement just before departing for the Moscow congress, following a meeting with Andre Blumel, former president of the Zionist Federation of France. M. Blumel visited Russia recently to probe the situation of the Jews there. He is president of France-USSR, an organization devoted to developing greater friendship between this country and the Soviet Union.

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