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Sao Paulo Jews Commemorate Anniversary of Execution of Jewish Intellectuals in Russia

More than 500 persons participated here last night in a solemn service commemorating the 15th anniversary of the execution in the Soviet Union of the USSR’s leading Jewish intellectuals purged by the late Josef Stalin.

The event had been arranged by the Federation of Jewish Communities here, under the chairmanship of acting president Marcos Firer. Among the speakers were Prof. Florestan Fernandes, chairman of the sociology department of Sao Paulo University; Dr. Julio Mesquita, director of the newspaper Estado de Sao Paulo; and Meyer Kuczinsky, who delivered a moving address in Yiddish. Featuring the program was a reading of the poem "Babi Yar," by Soviet poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, rendered by a prominent actor here, Sergio Cardoso.