Menu JTA Search

Anniversary of Execution of Jewish Intellectuals in U.S.S.R. Observed in New York

On the fifteenth anniversary of the execution of 24 Yiddish writers, actors and intellectuals by the Soviet Union on August 12, 1952, Rabbi Israel Miller, chairman of the American Jewish Conference on Soviet Jewry, today called upon the Soviet Union to “lift the death sentence the regime has imposed upon Jewish culture.”

As a memorial to those executed, the Conference, which is composed of 25 major national Jewish organizations, issued a special publication tracing the strangulation of Jewish culture by successive Soviet regimes. The Conference called for an end to “forcible assimilation,”