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Latvian Senate Rejects Demand Hebrew Be Prohibited in Schools

May 19, 1929
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A petition submitted by the Yiddishists, those advocating Yiddish as the national language of East European Jews, that the Latvian Senate enact a law prohibiting the use of Hebrew as a language of instruction in public schools for Jewish children was rejected by the Senate.

The petitioners urged the prohibition on the basis of the law, which provides that instruction in public schools is to be given in the language of the child’s family. The petition contended that Yiddish and not Hebrew is the language of the Jewish families in Latvia. The Senate, it was declared, will make public soon the reasons for the decision.

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