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Soviet Jails Rubinstein, Former Kaunas Editor

November 18, 1940
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Ruben Rubinstein, former editor of the Yiddishe Stimme of Kaunas, prominent Zionist and Jewish representative in the city council, has been imprisoned by the Soviet authorities, according to private advices received here today.

The Stimme, founded in 1922 and the largest Yiddish daily in the Baltics, published in two editions daily, was closed down by the authorities. Immediately after Soviet occupation of Lithuania, its plant was confiscated and turned over to the former radical daily, Volksblatt, which is now a Communist paper.

The position of Jewish middlemen, who formed a large proportion of the Lithuanian Jews, is described as very bad. Small shops are permitted to function, but are unable to obtain further supplies.

Riga reports reaching Stockholm declare that the authorities are nationalizing private houses in towns and industrial areas of Latvia. Film concerns, cinemas, hotels, nursing homes, clinics, pharmacies and all branches of the pharmaceutical industry are affected.

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