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Ukrainians Given Privilege Denied to Jews for Links Abroad

A news item in Pravda Ukraine, a daily newspaper published in Kiev, received here today, showed that Ukrainians are permitted to establish links with their people abroad — a privilege denied to Russian Jewry.

The newspaper, official organ of the Communist Party of the Ukrainian SSR, reported that a district branch of the Society for Cultural Ties with Ukrainians Abroad had been set up in the city of Chernovtsy. There is no equivalent organization in Kiev, one of the larger centers of Jewish population in the USSR, for cultural or any other ties with Jews abroad.

Another Moscow dispatch today reported that a Soviet publishing house, “Sovietski Pisatal,” has issued a book of verse by the Yiddish poet, Joseph Kerler. However, the poetry was translated into Russian.

Kerler’s poems have appeared frequently, in Yiddish, in Sovietish Heimland and in the Warsaw Yiddish newspaper. Die Folkstimme.

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