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Soviet Embassy Refuses to Accept Letter by Board of Deputies to Gromyko

A letter from the Board of Jewish Deputies to Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko, who is on a visit here, was refused by the Soviet Embassy today. When the delegation of the Board and other Jewish organizations arrived there, it was not admitted into the Embassy building. An official opened the door, said he was not authorized to receive the letter and closed the door. The letter expressed the “concern and alarm” of the Anglo-Jewish community over the “wave of arrests being carried out against Soviet Jews who have applied to emigrate to Israel.” It is understood the Board is seeking other means of transmitting its letter to Mr. Gromyko, one possibility being through the good offices of a high-ranking British personality who is in a position to do so.