60th Anniversary of Kishinev Pogrom to Be Commemorated in Israel

The 60th anniversary of the infamous Kishinev Pogrom, the worst of Russian anti-Jewish massacres in the early years of the Twentieth Century, will be commemorated here next April 18, it was announced today by the World Federation of Bessarabian Jews, which has its headquarters in Tel Aviv. Leading members of the Government and of the Jewish Agency executive are expected to participate in the rites.

The pogrom in Kishinev, capital of Bessarabia, occurred on April 19 and 20, 1903. The Jewish casualties included nearly 50 dead and almost 600 injured. Seven hundred Jewish homes and 600 Jewish stores were destroyed, and the monetary damages were estimated at about 2,500,000 gold rubles. It was established definitely that Czarist officials were responsible for the massacre. Many outstanding Jewish literary figures wrote about the Kishinev Pogrom in various media and languages.

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