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Soviet Editor Says Jew in Russia Today is ‘miles Ahead’ of Jew in Czarist Days

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The “new” Soviet Jewish “miles ahead” in his living standard, compared with the Jew in Czarist Russia, who lived in the restricted areas of “the Pale,” Aaron Vergelis, editor of the Moscow Yiddish monthly, Sovietisch Heimland, declared in the November issue, which reached here today. “Yet,” the Jewish Communist added, “there are political busybodies abroad who dare to involve the good name of Soviet Jews in the cold war.”

The entire issue is devoted to the position of Jews in the USSR and Jewish writing, especially in Yiddish, in observance of the 50th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. Because the Soviet Jews are being linked to cold war propaganda, Vergelis stated, “Soviet Jewish writing is so vitally important and timely, because it does so much to give a picture of Jewish life in the Soviet Union.” In the November issue, in general, Soviet Jewish writers praise the Bolshevik Revolution and its accomplishments. There is also included a survey of Yiddish literature in the USSR since 1917.

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