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Trial, Sentences Protested by Jewish Communities in Buenos Aires, Santiago

Argentine Jewry is protesting the Leningrad trial and the death and prison sentences meted out to the 11 defendants. Posters have appeared all over the city urging public opinion to “stay the hand of the executioners.” The Jewish Association of Survivors of Nazi Persecution cabled President Nikolai Podgorny of the Soviet Union today calling on the Soviet government to commute the sentences. The message, signed by the organization’s president, Jose Moskovits and its secretary, Abraham Dereczynski declared, “We assure your excellency that we are not moved by anti-Soviet hysteria but wish to save the lives of our brethren unjustly condemned.”