‘spontaneous’ Anti-jewish Demonstrations in Soviet City Reported

Anti-Jewish demonstrations, staged as “spontaneous proletarian manifestations,” have been held at Cernauti, capital of Soviet Bukovina, a city with a large Jewish population which was formerly a part of Rumania, according to a Soviet newspaper received here.

The demonstrations were reported in “Rodiayanskaya Bukovina,” published in Cernauti. The paper said they were staged by local workers allegedly as a protest against the “reactionary Jewish hotbed” centered about the synagogue in the city. The newspaper attacked the Cernauti rabbi and leaders of the Jewish community in the city for permitting “an Israeli diplomat from Moscow” to attend Jewish religious services in their synagogue.

Previously, according to the Free Rumanian Press Agency which reported the incidents here, an anti-Semitic attack was disseminated in a pamphlet published by the State Publishing House of the Republic of Moldavia. That region is also former Rumanian territory, with many Jews living there. The pamphlet was entitled: “On the Reactionary and anti-National Character of the Theoretical Principles of Judaism.”

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