WASHINGTON (Apr. 15)
Sen. Charles H. Percy, Illinois Republican, said in a Senate speech that the Jews in the Soviet Union were being denied “free religious, cultural and community expression” and declared that the pressure of world opinion should be brought to bear on the Soviet Union “to end discriminatory practices against its Jewish citizens.” He urged members of “the parliaments of other nations” to speak out on the subject.
(Reports from Moscow disclosed that Soviet officials had cancelled an exhibition of the works of Marc Chagall, the Jewish artist, which had been scheduled for May 12 in Akademgorod, the city recently build in Novosibersk, Siberia, for the Academy of Sciences. A Chagall show was ordered closed in Moscow last year only two hours after it had opened.)