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900,000 Jews in Soviet Russia Are Classed As Members of Bourgeoisie

December 18, 1928
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Total of 5,000,000 in Russia Classed as Bourgeois (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

About one-third of the Jewish population in the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics belongs, in the eyes of the Soviet officials, to the bourgeois class, that is, the class which has no rights under the Soviet law.

According to figures given in an article published in the Soviet press by J. Larin, a Jewish journalist, out of the five million persons classed as bourgeois, including all nationalities in the Soviet Union, 900,000 are Jews.

In 1924 the Jewish shop proprietors in Moscow largely exceeded the proportion of the Jewish to the general population. Jewish chemists constituted 75.4% of the total number of chemists, Jewish jewellers 48.6% and wood merchants 36%, he says.

The present anti-Semitism, the writer says, is based on class differences and will disappear with the elimination of the bourgeoisie.

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