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August 2, 1979
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The Fast of Tisha B’Av and a commemoration of the 27th anniversary of the “Night of the Murdered Poets”–the “liquidation” of Soviet Jewish poets, writers and intellectuals at Stalin’s orders in Moscow on Aug. 12, 1952–were marked at services outside the Soviet Embassy Wednesday. The services were sponsored by the Soviet Jewry Committee of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington and conducted by Cantor Larry Joselovitz of the Ohr Kodesh Congregation. It included readings from the works of Yiddish poets killed in 1952 and of Jews imprisoned in the Soviet Union today. The traditional Jewish liturgy from the Book of Lamentations was chanted to mark Tisha B’Av.

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