Soviet Minister of Culture Visiting London Gets Protest on Jews

A sharp protest against suppression of Jewish culture in the Soviet Union was delivered here today to Ekaterina Furtseva, the Soviet Minister of Culture, who is currently on a visit to London.

The protest, signed by A.G. Brotman, secretary of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, declared: “The Jews of Russia have a proud cultural tradition going back about 1,000 years. But nowhere in Russia today are there schools or institutions where a Jew can study his cultural heritage, his spiritual traditions and his ancient history.

“This cultural situation of the Jewish community in the USSR must create the impression that it is the result of administrative measures, apparently employed in an arbitrary way, intended to estrange Jews from their cultural and traditional path and to bring about their assimilation by means which are contrary to Soviet practices, to the Constitution of the USSR and to declarations of the Communist Party on cultural problems of minority groups.”

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