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The Detroit Jewish News, 1964-04-03

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Opens officially at a dinner meeting Tuesday evening at the Jewish Center . . . This serves as a call
to the entire community to share in the great responsibility to the United Jewish Appeal in its
efforts in behalf of the mass migrations to Israel and the relief efforts in behalf of expatriated
refugees from many lands, and in support of more than 50 other local, national and overseas causes
. . . Make your contribution now and enroll as a volunteer worker by calling the Allied Jewish
Campaign, WO 5-3939. . . . Detailed story, Page 3 . . . Editorial, Page 4

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Vol. XLV, No. 6


A Weekly Review



Jewish Events



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Sale of Ukrainian Antii-S•mitic
Book Stoppe in Moscow; Seder
Without Matzoth in USSR Capital

Parley in Washington Against
Soviet Anti-Semitism Creates
Concern Among USSR Officials

WASHINGTON, (JTA)—Soviet authorities are appar-
ently displaying considerable concern over the forth-
coming two-day meeting of the American Jewish Confer-
ence on Soviet Jewry, which is to open here April 5.
The Soviet Embassy transmitted to the Jewish Tele-
graphic Agency office here two releases from the Soviet
Novosti press agency on this subject. One is published
in the name of a number of Soviet rabbis and "Jewish
community leaders in the Soviet Union"—the usual method
employed in refuting charges of anti-Semitic actions in the
USSR. The other is a statement by the Jewish workers of
the Krasny Proletary plant in Moscow, describing the
Washington conference as an "insult" to the Soviet Jews.
The Jewish workers are quoted as saying "the aim of
the Washington conference is to ascribe to our state what
is not to be found in it, which means to slander the Soviet
Union. A discreditable undertaking! We protest against
it." The "protest," signed by the Soviet rabbis and Jewish
community leaders, asks: "In whose interests are you
acting, spreading lies about the Soviet Union, about our
Asserting that "we fully enjoy the civil rights enjoyed
by all Soviet people," the statement concludes, "On behalf
of the congregations in Moscow, Kiev and Minsk, we
strongly protest against slanderous attacks on our Soviet
country which has done so much for the Jewish people."

Russian Synagogues Crowded;
57 at' Seder of Israel Envoy

LONDON, (JTA)—Religious Jews throughout the So-
viet Union observed the seder but without matzoth since
only a few families succeeded in baking matzoth for them-
selves, it was established here on the basis of reports from
Moscow. Most of the matzoth parcels sent by relatives from
abroad to Jews in Moscow, Leningrad, F;lev, Odessa,
Minsk, Kishinev and other Soviet cities rehiained unde-
The Central Synagogue in Moscow, as well as the two
smaller congregations in the capital and its environs, were
reported filled beyond capacity for services during the
first two nights and days of Passover. Large crowds of
Worshippers were reported having attended synagogue serv-
ices also in the other principal Jewish centers around the
The Israel ambassador in Moscow, Yosef Tekoah, con-
ducted a seder in his Embassy Friday evening, with 57
persons in attendance. But not one Moscow Jew had been
invited to the Embassy seder this year, as had been the
custom in previous years.
(Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Nissim's office in Jerusalem dis-
closed that it has received a cable of Passover greetings
from Moscow Chief Rabbi Yehuda Leib Levin.)
(Michael Garber, president of the Canadian Jewish
Congress, received a letter from the Moscow Chief Rabbi
extending Passover greetings to Canadian Jewry and ex-
tending hope for peace in the world. The letter acknowl-
edged the Canadian Jewish community's greetings to the
Moscow chief rabbi on his 70th birthday. The exchange of
letters was in Hebrew.)
Detailed Stories of Passover Celebrations in Israel
and Pilgrimages to Mount Zion on Pages 2 and 32

LONDON, (JTA)—Obviously perturbed over the protests which the anti-Semitic
book "Judaism Without Embellishment" — published by the Ukrainian Academy of
Science in Kiev—has provoked throughout the world, even among Communist parties in
the free world, the Soviet authorities have stopped the sale of the book in Moscow book
stores. However, the book is still sold in Soviet Ukraine, it was reported here from
The stoppage of the sale of the book. in Moscow is of no importance, since the
book, with its Nazi-like anti-Jewish cartoons, is printed in the Ukrainian language, which
Russian residents of Moscow do not understand. It has been printed in 12,000 copies, and
was intended primarily for distribution among Ukrainians who maintain their own
language, their own newspapers, their own schools and other cultural institutions.
In Kiev, where the book was published, -the Ukrainian-language newspaper
Radyanska Kultura published an article criticizing the drawings in the book as beina "of
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low artistic standard and can only insult believers." This criticism was disseminated
Tass, official Soviet news agency. Last week, another Soviet news agency, Novosti,
distributed an article citing the book as an example of the constitutional right of an
atheist to engage in anti-religious propaganda.
The article disseminated by Tass criticized the book for linking its attack against
Jewish religion with "criticism of the internal life of the State of Israel." The article
said that Israel has "democratic, progressive institutions of workers who support peace,
peaceful coexistence and democratic freedom and who are against colonialism and

French Communists Insist on Moscow's Formal Repudiation of the Book

PARIS, (JTA)—The storm among Communist and pro-Soviet groups in France
over the Soviet anti-Semitic book, "Judaism Without Embellishment," continued as
leftist groups took the lead in what amounted to a plea to the Soviet Union to speak out
and ease the popular hostility evoked by the book and its anti-Semitic cartoons.
For the third time, L'Humanite, the organ of the French Communist Party,
continued its unprecedented criticism of the Soviet Union by the technique of reprinting
without comment the wide-ranging protests of other organizations over the Soviet
Union's refusal to repudiate the book, published last year by the Ukrainian Academy of
Science, written by T. K. Kitchko.
Among the protests which have been pouring into the Soviet Embassy in Paris
were denunciations from the leftist Deportees and Resistance Volunteers. The left-wing
"Liberation," normally an apologist for the Soviet Union, printed a lengthy editorial
citing the long history of anti-Semitism in the Ukraine. The editorial said that: "Even
while saying we know what the Soviet Union has done against this—had the brochure
been an individual manifestation of anti-Semitism, there would have been no reason to
become excited. Unhappily, this is not the case." •.
"Kitchko's book involves not only its author," the editorial declared, "but
numerous other persons who certainly read it. It received the approval of the authorities,
and that is what we do not understand. We do not understand either why, until this day,
the only Soviet reaction to the feelings aroused by this affair has been a commentary by a
press agency which, as far as can be seen, does not deal at all with the true problem."

Reproductions of anti-Semitic caricatures on Page 5.

Protests against the anti-Semitic book, "Judaism Without Embellishment,"
published by the Ukrainian Academy of Science, mounted this week.
In its newspaper, Paesa Sera, the Communist party of Italy declared editorially
that no excuses could justify the pamphlet's "classical anti-Semitic cartoons" that are
reminiscent of Julius Streicher's Stuermer. In the same issue the newspaper's Warsaw
correspondent, who warned that "bureaucratic restrictions" on matzoth provisions tended
to deny the value of Soviet affirmations of religious freedom, reported that the
quantities of matzoth baked in Moscow would not satisfy the needs of the city's Jews.
In Melbourne, an executive member of the Australian Communist Party declared
Tuesday that the author of the anti-Semitic Kiev book "should be prosecuted under the
The JTA Bureau in Washington received a copy of the Soviet news agency
Novosti's statement in defense of the anti-Semitic Kiev book.
The statement, written by a Jewish Communist named Shimon Katz, claimed that
Continued on Page 10


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generation of the future.

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