WASHINGTON (Feb. 15)
Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg urged the Soviet Union to repudiate its policy of anti-Jewish discrimination in a television program here yesterday. The program, depicting Soviet discrimination against Jews, featured appearances by leading public figures. It was sponsored by the Jewish Chataqua Society, and narrated by actor Edward G. Robinson.
Senator Jacob K. Javits, New York Republican, charged that Soviet newspapers “say the most terrible slanders about Jews” and accuse rabbis of being drunk and functioning as black marketers. He described the resolution condemning Soviet anti-Semitism recently introduced in the Senate by 60 co-sponsors. He said it “represents the conscience of America.”
Israel Schenker, former Time magazine correspondent in Moscow, characterized the situation of Soviet Jewry as one of fear. New York Times correspondent Harrison Salisbury described anti-Semitism as the deliberate policy of the Soviet Government. Contesting Soviet contentions about lack of interest in Jewish culture, opera star Jan Peerce disclosed that during his appearances in the Soviet Union he continually received requests for Yiddish music.