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Russian Emigre Pleads for Husband

A Russian Jewish emigre whose husband has been kept from her by the Russian authorities for 21 months appealed for his release personally today to Secretary General Thant. The emigre, Mrs. Rita Gluzman, was introduced to Thant by Israeli Ambassador Yosef Tekoah, who earlier presented the UN leader with additional petitions from Soviet Jews and the first copy of a new medallion reading “Let My People Go.” Mrs. Gluzman, who now lives in Israel, told newsmen later that in Aug., 1969, she married a childhood friend, but the Russian authorities have not let him join her in Israel. A year ago, in Israel, she gave birth to a child. Today she appealed to Thant and other “people of good will” to intercede “to return my husband to me, to give a father to my baby–he has never seen his baby.” It is a “terrible misfortune,” she said, to have to bring up a “fatherless child.” Noting Thant’s aid to other Jews seeking to leave the USSR. Mrs. Gluzman exclaimed: “I believe he will really help me.” Tekoah added that Thant has shown “interest and concern.”

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