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Moscow Radio Denies Reports of Discrimination Against Jews

July 27, 1959
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“Quacks who peddle” reports of anti-Jewish activities of Soviet authorities were denounced for the second day in a row today by the Moscow Radio which again denied reports in American newspapers of discrimination against Soviet Jews

Radio Moscow in its second successive program on the charges singled out the Jewish Daily Forward and the New York Times for publication of “American pressed allegations” Moscow Radio put on the air a Soviet journalist “of Jewish origin who had toured villages in the Kiev Zhitomir, Vinnitsa, Lvov and Odessa regions after he had read the New York Times and “other American magazines. “

The unnamed journalist declared on Radio Moscow: “I find there is no truth in the charge of Jewish persecution. I counted seven dozen functioning synagogues in the Ukraine. In Kiev, the synagogue is open every day and prayers are held morning and evening.” He asserted Moscow had three synagogues and that there were synagogues in the White Russian, Georgian, Uzbek and “other Soviet Republics. ” He added that where synagogues were lacking, it was because of lack of interest by Jews.

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