MONTREAL (Dec. 18)
A commemorative rally held here last night under the auspices of Jewish labor and Socialist circles called on the Canadian Government to protest to the United Nations against Russian violation of human rights principles, by denying equal religious and cultural rights to the Jews in the Soviet Union.
The meeting was held to mark the 20th anniversary of the executions, in the Soviet Union, of Henryk Erlich and Victor Alter, leaders of the Jewish Socialist Bund who fled from Nazi-occupied Poland to Russia.
All Canadians were urged by one of the speakers at the meeting, T.C. Douglas, leader of the new Democratic Party, to “battle against all discrimination, in all its forms, at home and abroad.” There is only a difference “in degree,” he said, “between open persecution of the Jews in countries such as Russia, segregation of black people in other countries, and the more refined forms of discrimination often practiced here.”