Yiddish Culture Leaders Request That USSR Ease Restrictions on Jews

The Congress for Jewish Culture transmitted to Soviet Ambassador Anatoli Dobrynin here today an appeal urging the Soviet Government to “revoke the de facto prohibition of Jewish cultural and communal life. ” The Congress requested that the USSR permit Soviet Jews to re-establish cultural contacts with Jews outside Russia; publicly rehabilitate the Jewish intellectuals who were executed 10 years ago, and punish those responsible for the deaths; and permit Soviet Jews wishing to emigrate to do so.

The Congress for Jewish Culture, with headquarters in New York and offices in Buenos Aires, Paris, Stockholm and Chicago, is headed by prominent Yiddish writers and civic leaders, including the poet H. Leivick, Jacob Pat, Louis Segal, Benjamin Tabachinsky and L. Spizman. The message to Ambassador Dobrynin was signed on behalf of the officers by the organization’s executive director, Hyman Bass.

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