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Plight of Soviet Jewry Plagues Adjubei in Interview on French Radio

April 7, 1964
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Alexis Adjubei, editor of Izvestia, official organ of the Soviet Government, and Premier Nikita Khrushchev’s son-in-law, faced a barrage of questions here on the plight of Soviet Jewry, during a nationwide radio interview tonight. He denied strongly that “anti-Semitism could exist in the Soviet Union, ” although he admitted that vestiges of anti-Semitism and racism can still exist. “In every society, including ours, individuals are to be found who have been contaminated by such feelings,” he declared.

Expressing “surprise” at the fact that, since his arrival in France last week he has been constantly questioned on this subject, Mr. Adjubei claimed that the book published in Kiev. “Judaism Without Embellishment,” should have been treated with “the indifference which it deserved and not played up as an issue. “We had to condemn the book although the best method to deal with it would have been to ignore it altogether,” he added.

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