NEW YORK (Jan. 5)
The first Soviet Jewish family to emigrate to the United States under the Attorney General’s “parole authority” was scheduled to arrive at Kennedy International Airport late this afternoon. The family of four consists of Simeon Feldman, a 36-year-old locksmith, his 34-year-old wife Emma and their children, Dina 10 and Igor 7. Their last residence in the USSR was Chernovsky, a Ukrainian town.
Sen. Jacob K. Javita (R.,N.Y.), in a statement today to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, said: “The arrival of the Feldman family from the Soviet Union is a heartening portent that, as in the early part of this century, the doors of the United States are open to Jews fleeing from Russian oppression.”
The parole authority allows the Attorney General to waive procedural red tape to admit aliens without delay. Attorney General John Mitchell announced last Sept. that he would use this authority to admit any Soviet Jews who obtained exit visas. The Feldmans were aided in their immigration by the United Hias Service of New York. They flew from Moscow to Rome on Dec. 28 and boarded a flight to New York today.
The Soviet government requires that all persons wishing to emigrate produce a “visov,” an invitation from relatives abroad. This was supplied to the Feldman family by an uncle, Charles Miller, a hotel proprietor from the Bronx. Hias officials were at the airport with Miller to welcome the newcomers. Sol Marks, district director of the US Immigration and Naturalization Service was also present representing Attorney General Mitchell.