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Dr. Goldmann Charges Trial is Intimidation of Jews Wishing to Emigrate to Israel

Dr. Nahum Goldmann said here today that the trial of Jews which opened in Leningrad yesterday “must be regarded as the most disturbing development in the difficult situation of Jews in the USSR.” Dr. Goldmann, president of the World Jewish Congress, said that “available information indicates that this trial is primarily aimed at intimidating Soviet Jewry and silencing their even more openly expressed affirmation of their Jewish identity and desire to emigrate to Israel.” He said it was “a matter of deep concern that the Soviet authorities are reacting with punitive measures to this remarkable national renaissance among Soviet Jews which is in no way an expression of hostility to the Soviet State.”