Jewish Workers Take Revenge on Russians for Barshay Affair (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
Further cases of friction leading to violence and arrests are reported in the Soviet press from various Russian centers today.
According to a report in the Yiddish Communist daily, “Emes,” two Jewish workers in the Bobruisk Soviet glass factory, Octiabr, where the Barshay affair occurred, poured boiling glass on a Russian fellow worker, injuring him seriously.
The culprits, Bodonin and Tonenko, declared their act was deliberate in revenge for the treatment accorded the Jewish girl worker, Miss Barshay, by the Russian workers. “If we had not done it somebody else would,” they declared.
The incident has aroused a sensation A special commission for investigation was appointed.
Five Russian workers in the Schlisselburg factory in Leningrad were found guilty of torturing their Jewish fellow-worker Hulman and given prison sentences. Two of them, members of the Comsomol, Communist youth organization, were sentenced to two years imprisonment. Their three accomplices were given terms of from four months to a year and a half.
Four Russian workers in the sugar factory at Uladovsk, near Kiev, were arrested, charged with anti-Semitic activities against their Jewish fellow-workers. It was stated that the leaders of the gang, Formaluk and Babura, were formerly employees of Count Polocki, who was the owner of the plant before it was confiscated by the Communist authorities.
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