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Chile’s President, Chief Rabbi Join Ceremonies in Spirit of Ecumenism

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The spirit of ecumenism has been implemented here through the establishment of a Government-sponsored first-aid station opened here today, with ceremonies in which the President of Chile was joined by four local, religious leaders, including Chief Rabbi Manfred Lubliner.

Dr. Lubliner, speaking during the ceremonies in Hebrew as well as in Spanish, referred to the ecumenical spirit engendered by the Vatican Council II. President Eduardo Frei participated in the inaugural event for the new, ultra-modern first-aid station. The other clergymen who participated, in addition to Rabbi Lubliner, represented the Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant faiths here.

El Murcurio, the largest newspaper in this capital, today published Babi Yar, Soviet poet Yevgeni Yevtuschenko’s world-famous work on the Nazi massacre of Jews in Kiev in World War II. The poem was banned in the USSR by former Premier Nikita Khrushechev, but has since been published there. The occasion for publication of Babi Yar here was Mr. Yevtuschenko’s visit to Chile.

The newspaper also published a statement by the central committee of the Chilean Jewish community, praising the Soviet poet’s moral courage in protesting against anti-Semitism. At the same time, the central committee sent messages to Soviet Premier Kosygin in Moscow, and to the Soviet Ambassador here, protesting against official discrimination against Jews in Russia.

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