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Head of Hebrew Union College, Academicians Urge Soviet Union to Let Zand Go

A request that the Soviet Union keep its promise, broken at the last minute, that Prof. Mikhail Zand and his family could leave for Israel has been made by Dr. Albert Gottschalk, president of Hebrew Union College and other members of the Southern California academic community. Dr. Gottschalk, in a telegram to the president of the USSR Academy of Sciences, said that the refusal of the Soviets to grant an exit visa to Zand at the last moment after he had been promised a visa was a reflection on both the academic community of the USSR and its government. He asked the Academy’s president to use his good offices to help “this learned gentle scholar and his family to be immediately allowed to leave for Israel.”