MONTREAL (Jan. 31)
The Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today that five Vilna Jews were arrested for refusing to leave the offices of the Central Committee of the Vilna Communist Party. The SSSJ said that in telephone conversations with Jewish activists Gavriel Shapiro and Zed Machlis in Moscow this afternoon, they learned that 26 Jews visited the Central Committee headquarters at 10 a.m. to discuss grievances, but authorities refused to see them.
At noon, a police detachment headed by a Col. Raynitz chased them out of the building. The 26 Jews returned at 2 p.m. One hour later, a second detachment of police led by Vilna Chief of Police Col. Riyapshitz, arrested five of the demonstrators. Those arrested were Veeta Goldberg, who is five months pregnant, Viktor Kaplan, Boris Shapira, David Olshvang and Sonya Furman.