Six More Jews Sentenced to Death in Kiev; Non-jews Get Prison Terms

Six Jews were sentenced to death in Kiev, while six non-Jews were given prison terms, at the conclusion of a mass trial there of 12 more Soviet citizens accused of “economic crimes,” according to a Kiev newspaper here today.

The newspaper, Rabochaya Gazetta, dated January 5, listed the following, all evidently Jewish, as having received the death sentences: G. Friberg, H. Tendler, A. Grossman, B. Pecharsky, E. Handshau and A. Pekelsky. All 12 defendants had been accused of illegal currency speculation and of forging currency. However, only the Jews were sentenced to death.

Jewish circles here pointed to the facts as reported by the Kiev newspaper as another instance in which the Soviet Government encourages anti-Semitism by penalizing Jews more harshly than non-Jews and publicizing their names in the controlled Communist press in such a manner as to advance anti-Semitism in the USSR.

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