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Soviet Mission Rejects Memorandum on Treatment of Jews in Russia

A Soviet goodwill mission visiting Brazil refused today to accept a memorandum from the Brazilian Confederation of Jewish Communities expressing concern over the status of Soviet Jewry.

In the memorandum, the Brazilian Jewish communities expressed concern over the fact that Russian Jewry had no religious or cultural coordinating body, no educational or cultural institutions or means to use Yiddish, no cultural or religious exchanges with Jewries in other countries.

The memorandum registered a complaint about anti-Semitic attacks in the Soviet and urged permission for reunion of Soviet Jews with family members in other countries. When the chief of the mission refused to accept the memorandum, a copy was subsequently sent by mail to the mission at its hotel. The Brazilian Government was informed of the rejection.