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Stalin Thanks Jewish Collective Farmers for Contributing Planes to Red Army

January 3, 1943
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A letter of thanks from Premier Joseph Stalin to a group of Jewish collective farmers in the Jewish autonomous region of Biro-Bidjan who contributed over a quarter of a million roubles to a fund to purchase fighter planes for the Red Army, is published today in Pravda.

Addressing the members of the Jewish collective farm “Waldheim,” Stalin wrote: “Thank you, Yusel Feldhendler, Michael Gefen, Fedor Tsib, Mordecai Shevts, Zalman Wolfson, Shira Kotchinka, Jehiel Rock for the money you have contributed towards the fund to build fighter planes. Accept my brotherly greetings and the thanks of the Red Army.” Pravda also reports that the Jewish collective farmers in the entire Biro-Bidjan region have already raised more than a million and a half roubles for the fighter plane fund.

The Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee in Kuibyshev today send New Year’s greetings to American Jewish war relief agencies, expressing confidence that this year will bring victory for the democracies and the destruction of the “exterminator of the Jewish people.”

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