OMSK, Siberia (Jul. 20)
Two Jewish agricultural collectives have been organized near Omsk by former Jewish trader. One collective, called “Liberty and Fraternity,” is located about 25 miles from Omsk. It includes some 45 jewish families, all of them former nepmen in Omsk. In 1927 they were granted a considerable tract of land.
Each family has contributed 600 roubles to the collective which now owns four tractors. The second collective, known as the “First of May,” consists of twenty families.
Both collectives consist of former traders who turned to agriculture after wearying of the burdensome taxes and restrictions of the Soviet government. The Ozet, the society for settling the Jews on the land, has aided the two collectives.