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Moscow Urged Not to Ignore Reports of Khrushchev’s Anti-semitism

July 16, 1956
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The pro-Soviet Jewish daily newspaper "Freiheit" published an editorial today asking why Moscow does not deny reports published in the American press during the last few days to the effect that Nikita Khrushchev, head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, has made anti-Semitic remarks. It also asks why there has been no denial from Moscow of a published report that five Jews were killed in a pogroms in Kiey, capital of the Ukrain, last May.

The paper says that an official denial issued through the Soviet news agency Tass, or through any other Soviet institution, "would have been of help." It points out that the question of anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union interests not only the 5,000,000 Jews in the United States "but also the great American masses, including the Negro masses, which are sensitive" to news of racial and religious persecution. "The strategy of ignoring anti-Soviet fabrications possibly needs a revision now," the Freiheit suggests.

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