BUENOS AIRES (Jul. 21)
The Argentine Writers Association expressed its “deep concern” here today over anti-Jewish discrimination in the Soviet Union. In a letter sent to Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin, the Association deplored the policy suppressing the publication of books in Hebrew and Yiddish and the functioning of Jewish theaters and schools in Russia.
“Such a policy of discrimination,” the letter declared, “is flagrantly contradictory to the so-called policy of nationalities in Russia. Language and religion constitute integral and sacred parts of any community and nobody and nothing can deprive a community of their free exercise without assuming great responsibility before peoples and history.”
Citing the denunciations of Soviet bias against Jews voiced at a recent Latin American Conference on Discrimination against Jews in the U.S.S.R., the statement called the treatment of Soviet Jewry “an irritating and irregular situation.” The letter was signed by Prof. Fermin Gutierrez, president of the Association; and Angel Mazzei and Carlos Villafuerte, secretaries.