David Zaslavsky, Leading Soviet Journalist, Dead; Was 85
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David Zaslavsky, Leading Soviet Journalist, Dead; Was 85

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David Zaslavsky, for many years one of the leading journalists in the Soviet Union, who started his career as a leader of the Bund, the Jewish Socialist movement in Russia, and had risen to office in the Bund’s national central committee, died in Moscow this weekend, at the age of 85.

Born in Yelisavetgrad, near Kiev, he received a Jewish education and went to Kiev University, where he became one of the leaders of the Zionist-Socialist youth movement. Later, he joined the Bund but, in 1925, became a member of the Communist Party and one of the chief contributors to Izvestia and Pravda, respectively the organs of the Soviet Government and the Communist Party of the USSR. He was a member of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee in Moscow which was “liquidated” under the Stalin regime with all its leading members exiled to slave labor camps or executed.

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