Winnipeg (Jan. 7)
– The Ukrainian Canadian Committee’s executive board has adopted a resolution condemning the planned publication in the Ukraine of “Judaism and Zionism–Adherents of Racism” by Trofym Kichko, known for a previous anti-Semitic work.
The committee noted that Kichko was the author of the infamous book, “Judaism Without Embellishment, “which, when it was published by the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in 1963, was said to contain “traditional Ukrainian anti-Semitism” and caused a great deal of acrimony and misunderstanding which damaged Ukrainian communities throughout the world.
The anti-Semitic content of the book can be seen in a description of it in the Soviet publication, “New Books in the USSR,” last Nov. 15. According to the description:
“The author reveals the criminal activities of various Zionist organizations and of Zionist-inspired Judaism, their tactics and methods in their fight to capture the minds of Jewish youth. Uncovering the activities of Zionist youth organizations, their alliance with fascist youth organizations in the past, with anti-Soviet youth federations at present, the author provides a thorough critique of the age-old anthrophobia (people-hatred) of Judaism, of the Zionist concepts and of ‘anti-youth racism.’”
The Soviet review said that kichko’s book will be published in the second quarter of 1981 by the “Molod” (Youth) publishing firm in the Ukraine. It was identified in the review as “general-political literature” and “intended for general readership.”
The Ukrainian Canadian Committee charged that the planned publication of Kichko’s new book was another attempt to sow discord between Jewish and Ukrainian communities in Canada and elsewhere.
The Committee said it “strongly condemns this project as a deplorable provocation by the Soviet authorities against the Ukrainian and Jewish people who are both oppressed within the USSR. intended both to create antagonisms between our peoples in the Soviet Union and to impede the growing cooperation between Ukrainians and Jews in the diaspora.”