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Latvia Frees Two Socialists; in Prison Year

July 5, 1935
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After languishing a year in prison, Dr. A. Meisel and A. Rabinowich, leaders of the Bund, Jewish Socialist organization, were released here today.

The two Jewish Socialists were sentenced to prison for their radical sympathies when the present Latvian dictatorship came into power more than a year ago.

All political organizations were then declared illegal and were ordered dissolved. The various Jewish organizations, including the Zionists, the Bund and the Poale Zionists, were also declared illegal.

The Poale Zionist leaders were given the privilege of leaving the country for Palestine. The leaders of the Bund were sent to jail.

Only the Agudah, Jewish Orthodox organization, and representing only a fraction of Latvian Jewry, was permitted to carry on, and its organ is today the only Jewish publication appearing in Latvia.

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