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RUSSIA AND THE JEWS

GRANT OF RIGHTS STILL HELD UP. The 'Guerre Bocialo' (Paris) published a Jotter from its Petrograd corresjhjndent, dated October 8, which says: There are about, six million .lows in Russia, of whom 400,000, or one-fifteenth, arc serving in the Russian army. The proportion of Jews in -the army is therefor© about double that of the Russian population as a whole. From tho very beginning of the war there have been so many acts of heroism on the pa.rt of Jewish soldiers that tlioy have been frequently mentioned i,-. despatches by Comman-der-in-Chief. Many are ■ the Jewish soldiers who, like Osnas, Katz, Miller, ein-, ha.ve received the chief decorations of theOrder 1 of St. George for " extraordinary courage." But mere numerous still are those who havo beo-.i killed and will leave only their names to posterity. In these circumstances it is not .Mir'pri*in<r that there has been talk of granting th« Jews civil and ]Kjliiie«l right*-. As. everyone k "vs. tho ,l<-w:i, although thev pnv rlie tribute of Wood and nil tho other taxes, are. confined to a limited area., and do not enjoy even the rrieagna rights of other subjects of the Tsar. In the English Press the newa of the cmnncipnlion of the Jews has been announce! as an accomplished fact. . . . Elementary honesty demands that the truth should be told", and that it should be known that tho alleged grant to the Russian Jews of any rights whatever ie a legend which has no i relation to facta. At tho historic sitting of the Duma on August 8 the representatives of the oppree&rd nationalities—Poles, Lithuanians, Jews, Armenians, Tartars, etc.—made declarations .so moving that even ffuch " true Russians" as .Markof and Pourichvevitch wept. . . . The fact* already mentioned prove that the words of Friedman were nob mere empty phrases. In the' train which on August 10 took tho Tsar and the Ministers to Moscow, whence the Tsar was to address his manifesto to the people, the Jewish question was discussed. General Soukhomlinof, the Minister of War, was in favor of announcing the political emancipation of the Jews j the Ministers Kasso and Cbtoheglovitaf were opposed to it. The Tsar's manifesto said nothing about the Jewiah-qiHKtion.

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RUSSIA AND THE JEWS, Issue 15680, 19 December 1914

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RUSSIA AND THE JEWS Issue 15680, 19 December 1914

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