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Intermarriage in Russia Growing, Figures Show

September 27, 1926
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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Intermarriage between Jews and non-Jews in Soviet Russia is increasing greatly, according to figures compiled by the Jewish Scientific Institute here. The figures deal with the situation in fifty-six of the largest towns in the Ukraine during the year 1924.

Of the total of 10,806 Jewish men who were married during that year, 490 took Christian wives. Of a total of 10,909 Jewish women who were married in these towns during the same period, 593 married non-Jews.

The largest percentage in the Ukraine was found in Elisabethgrad where the intermarriages amounted to ten percent. In Berditcheff and Bielozerkow, towns with large Jewish populations, no intermarriages were recorded.

An interesting detail is disclosed by the figures concerning Leningrad. During the first year after the Bolshevik revolution, one-third of the marriages of Jews were with non-Jews. In 1924 the number of intermarriages amounted to only 15 percent.

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