Khrushchev Asked in Sweden to Act on Rights for Jews in Russia
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Khrushchev Asked in Sweden to Act on Rights for Jews in Russia

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The Central Council of Swedish Jewish Communities sent a communication today to Soviet Premier Khrushchev, now visiting Sweden, urging him to intervene to end discriminatory measures against Soviet Jews.

The communication recalled the traditional fight of the Soviet Government against “old-time prejudices” against minority groups, adding that one of those prejudices, anti-Semitism, was deeply rooted in Eastern Europe.

“We are confident that your intervention would strengthen confidence in the Soviet Union and its people and in your efforts for international peace and understanding,” the Swedish Jewish representative body said.

In Copenhagen, the Scandinavian Jewish Youth Federation, representing 3, 000 members, issued an appeal for facilities for a cultural exchange between the Jews of the Soviet Union and the Scandinavian countries. The Federation offered to arrange theater performances, concerts and lectures by Soviet Yiddish artists in the Scandinavian countries and to assist in arrangements for Scandinavian Jews to give performances in the Soviet Union.

The Federation statement said that an exchange of Yiddish literature and delegations of Jewish students would benefit both Soviet and Scandinavian Jewry and contribute to peace and co-existence.

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