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British Communist Party Protests Against Soviet Anti-semitic Book

March 27, 1964
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The British Communist Party today joined other Communists in the Western world in criticism of the anti-Semitic book, “Judaism Without Embellishment, ” published in Kiev by the Ukrainian Academy of Science.

The British Communist protest was, however, more limited than those registered by the French, American and Italian Communist groups. It was restricted to the caricatures in the book. These have been termed by Western critics as reminiscent of the worst material published in “Der Stuermer,” by Julius Streicher, the most rabid of the Nazi anti-Semites.

John Gellan, British party secretary, said in a statement that “British Communists would certainly dissociate themselves from the illustrations.” Making no reference to the information in the book, Gellan said the illustrations reproduced in the West “has shocked” people in Britain.

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