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In article <37ca6e31.0@news1>,
  "rory"  wrote:
>
>
>
> The Central Executive Committee, Wilton continues, was
> made up of the following members:
> Y. M. Sverdlov [Solomon] (Chairman)                     Jew
> Avanesov (Secretary)
Armenian
> Bruno
          Latvian
> Breslau
         Latvian [?]
> Babtchinski
     Jew
> N. I. Bukharin
      Russian
> Weinberg
     Jew
> Gailiss
         Jew
> Ganzberg [Ganzburg ]                                              Jew
> Danichevski
    Jew
> Starck
         German
> Sachs
        Jew
> Scheinmann
  Jew
> Erdling
        Jew
> Landauer
     Jew
> Linder
        Jew
> Wolach
      Czech
> S. Dimanshtein
Jew
> Encukidze
    Georgian
> Ermann
     Jew
> A. A. Ioffe
       Jew
> Karkhline
     Jew
> Knigissen
    Jew
> Rosenfeld (Kamenev)                                             Jew
> Apfelbaum (Zinoviev)                                              Jew
> N. Krylenko
    Russian
> Krassikov
    Jew
> Kaprik
       Jew
> Kaoul
        Latvian
> Ulyanov (Lenin)
  Russian
> Latsis
        Jew
> Lander
      Jew
> Lunacharsky
  Russian
> Peterson
     Latvian
> Peters
       Latvian
> Roudzoutas
  Jew
> Rosine
      Jew
> Smidovitch
   Jew
> Stoutchka
    Latvian
> Nakhamkes (Steklov)                                             Jew
> Sosnovski
   Jew
> Skrytnik
      Jew
> L. Bronstein (Trotsky)                                             Jew
> Teodorovitch
 Jew [?]
> Terian
      Armenian
> Uritsky
      Jew
> Telechkine
  Russian
> Feldmann
 Jew
> Fromkin
   Jew
> Souriupa
  Ukrainian
> Tchavtchevadze
Georgian
> Scheikmann
Jew
> Rosental
  Jew
> Achkinazi
  Imeretian [?]
> Karakhane
Karaim [Karaite]
> Rose
    Jew
> Sobelson (Radek)                                                Jew
> Schlichter
  Jew
> Schikolini
  Jew
> Chklianski
 Jew
> Levine-(Pravdine)                                                Jew
>
> Thus, concluded Wilton, out of 61 members, five were
> Russians, six were Latvians, one was a German, two were
> Armenians, one was a Czech, one was an Imeretian, two
> were Georgians, one was a Karaim, one was a Ukrainian,
> and 41 were Jews.

When I saw the information in this post, I assumed it was using a
propaganda technique that I call the "incomplete list." So since I was
going to be using the library anyway, I decided to pick one of Soviet
government agencies on these lists and see what I could learn about it.
I picked the Central Executive Committee. According to a book I found
useful, Ronald Hill's "The Soviet Union: Politics, Economics, and
Society from Lenin to Gorbachev," London: Pinter Publishers, 1989, p.
95, the Central Executive Committee was composed of 200 members during
the revolutionary period. According to another useful book, Benjamin
Pinkus's "The Jews of the Soviet Union: The History of a National
Minority," Cambridge, 1988, p. 81, in 1929 the Central Executive
Committee contained 55 Jews, 95 Ukranians, and 402 Russians as well as
members from other nationalities. So yes, Jews were over-represented
considering what a small minority they were, but the crazily high
percentages implied in the above post are obviously obtained by using
incomplete lists. And, of course, the Soviets began persecuting
religious Jews early on, and in decades closer to our own time the
Soviet Union became one of the principal anti-Semitic regimes.

Binyomin


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