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World Jewish Congress Parley Discusses Treatment of Jews in Russia

July 16, 1964
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Increasing numbers of liberal and progressive groups throughout the world now recognize the situation of the Jews in the Soviet Union as a problem of international concern, Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the World Jewish Congress, declared here today.

In a review of the conditions under which Soviet Jewry lives now, Dr. Goldmann told the current plenary session of the WJC executive, attended by 100 delegates from 30 countries, that a “growing understanding” of the problem facing Russian Jewry exists even among leaders of Communism in the Western countries.

“The Jewish people,” however, he continued, “is not and can not be an anti-Russian factor.” The Soviet Government, he affirmed, “should realize that Jews throughout the world have a right to urge that Soviet Jewry be permitted to enjoy a Jewish way of life.”

Hillel Storch, a World Jewish Congress official from Stockholm, reported that a number of Russian Jews may be allowed to emigrate to Scandinavian countries under a plan for a family re-union exchange for Baltic and Scandinavian countries. Mr. Storch told the WJC plenary meeting here that the plan was discussed by Premier Khrushchev with Sweden’s Premier Tage Erlander during the Soviet leader’s recent visit to Sweden.

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