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U.S. Labor Honors Memory of Two Jewish Martyrs Killed Under Stalin

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Leaders of the American labor and Socialist movements, including representatives of organized Jewish labor, today participated in a memorial service, at Town Hall here, marking the 20th anniversary of the deaths of Henryk Erlich and Victor Alter, leaders of the Jewish Socialist Labor Bund in Poland, who were assassinated by Soviet authorities during World War II.

Among those who delivered addresses at the meeting, or sent messages, were David Dubinsky, president of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union; Norman Thomas; the Socialist International; Nahum Chanin, general-secretary of the Workmen’s Circles. In his message, Mr. Dubinsky noted that Erlich and Alter had been murdered by the Soviet regime under Stalin because they were “pure-minded idealists, lifelong fighters against Fascism.” Their names, stated Mr. Dubinsky, are “a shining symbol, dedicated to the struggle for freedom, democracy and justice.”

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