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Times Moscow Expert States Jewish Situation Has Not Changed Since Stalin

March 6, 1963
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The situation of the Jews in the Soviet Union is one of the few fields in which de-Stalinization does not seem to be in practice, the New York Times declared today in its International Edition, in a review of the 10 years since Stalin’s death.

The review, written by the Times’ Moscow correspondent, Seymour Topping, said that “no public mention” has been made in Russia “of many of the prominent purge victims, such as the 25 noted writers of the Jewish anti-Fascist Committee” who were killed during the purge of Jewish intellectuals in 1952.

The article noted that, in reviews of the Stalin purges in Russia, “a significant silence” was maintained on the question of guilt. Mr. Topping wrote that Stalin and his late police chief, Lavrenti Beria, are assigned blanket responsibility for the purges but “little if anything is said of the other individuals involved in the prosecution, execution or imprisonment of the victims.”

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