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Complain Use of Yiddish Declines in Odessa

June 3, 1929
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That the use of Yiddish is declining in Odessa was the subject of complaint on the part of delegates to the conference of the Jewish section of the Comsomol, Communist youth organization. The conference also discussed the growth of anti-Semitism and the case was cited of a Jewish youth employed in the factory “Marty,” who was compelled to call himself a German in order to avoid anti-Semitic attacks.

The workers employed in the factory “Proletary,” in Rostov, refused to adopt a resolution to fight ant-Semitism proposed at a general meeting. The argument was advanced that it is necessary to protect Russian interests first. One worker, speaking against the resolution, stated frankly that he has always beaten the Jews and hopes to have an early opportunity to do so again. A similar attitude was revealed at the meeting of the workers of the factory “Mikoyan.”

The entire town of Rostov is flooded with anti-Semitic literature, children being employed to distribute leaflets in the streets and post them on the walls.

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