Israeli Exhibit One of the Most Popular at the Moscow Book Fair

One of the most popular exhibits at Moscow’s first international book fair which opened yesterday is the Israeli exhibit, according to reports from the Soviet capital. Yair Shepon, the Israeli exhibit’s director, reportedly told reporters that he had no customs problems with the 500 books from three Israeli publishers. There are 1500 publishing firms, from 63 countries, including 900 from the West at the fair. Some American concerns did not participate because of concern about censorship.

But Myrna Shinbaum of the Association of Jewish Book Publishers said there was a rigorous check on books brought in by the Association but that nothing was removed. However, other American companies reported having some of their books seized. The Lerner Publications of Minneapolis had a monograph, “The Jews in America,” confiscated along with two others in its ethnic series, “The Ukrainians in America,” and “The Czechs and Slovaks in America.”

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