NEW YORK (Jun. 16)
Eleven more Soviet Jewish mothers have petitioned the Soviet authorities to let their children go to Israel even if they themselves have to stay behind, Jewish sources here said today. The Lithuanian mothers–two of them identified as Ruth Glickman and Anette Grossman–have a total of 14 offspring. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported June 1 that 12 Jewish women of Moscow with a total of 15 children had made such an unprecedented request. The Lithuanian petition was submitted three days ago, the sources said. They also reported that 32 of the 70 Wilna Jews who sat in at Communist Party headquarters on two successive days last week carried out a similar protest in Moscow on Monday, sitting in at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and demanding action on their delayed emigration applications. Just as the 70 Jews were dispersed by the police, the 32 were forcibly removed from the Ministry after they refused to leave. They were not received by Ministry officials. In another incident in Moscow, 27-year-old Jew Yulia Libman of Riga, who had applied unsuccessfully for emigration nine times, embarked on a hunger strike at the Ministry, Jewish sources said. She has a husband and a 5-year-old son.