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Moscow Disavows Soviet Embassy Report on Jewish Cultural Plans

A report published by the Soviet Embassy here that Soviet Jews would be given sweeping new privileges has been officially disavowed in Moscow as “premature.”

The report appeared in the Embassy’s English publication “Soviet Weekly” last week. It said that Jews in Moscow would be allowed an experimental Yiddish-language school, with the possibility of others elsewhere, and a magazine would be allowed in Kiev. It also said a state Yiddish theater would be established in Moscow, the amateur group in Vilna would become professional, and that a Russo-Yiddish dictionary would be published.

The weekly contained a dispatch setting forth these developments from the Novosti Press Agency in Moscow. Yesterday, S. Rabinowitz, Novosti’s editor in charge of Jewish affairs, said he knew nothing about the decisions to establish a Yiddish-language school or publish a dictionary. He said the report on the theaters and the Kiev magazine were premature, but indicated that something was in the offing on these points.