NEW YORK (Aug. 21)
A new publication has appeared in Moscow, “Jews in the Modem World,” which is a compendium of current events relating to Jewish communities around the world. In the first edition, issued in June, 1978, and received by the National Conference on Soviet Jewry, the editor, a Soviet Jew in Moscow, wrote: “We as Jews are a people of dispersion. Even now, after an almost 2000 years interruption, there has again revived a Jewish State, most of the Jews continue to live far away from their homeland.”
The introduction continues, “A Jew, no matter where he is, whether in Argentina, or in India, in Sweden or in Australia–always feels himself a Jew, he wants to know how his brethren in other countries live, he rejoices at their successes and feels sorrow at their misfortunes.”
The eight-page magazine includes articles on the Jewish pavilion at Auschwitz, as well as the new museum of the Jewish diaspora (Beth Hatfuzoth) in Tel Aviv. Comments on synagogues, cemeteries, museums, and theaters appear from Sweden, Bucharest, Holland and Prague. While various sources have listed the Soviet Jewish population upwards to three million, the publication lists the figure as two million. It is not yet known how often the publication will be coming out, though rumors in the USSR indicate that it could be as often as monthly.