French Parliamentarians Demand Release of Markish Family

More than 30 members of the French National Assembly have written to the Soviet ambassador in France, Plotr Abrassimov, to demand that Mrs. Esther Markish and her son, David, be allowed to emigrate from the Soviet Union. The widow and the son of the late poet and writer, Peretz Markish, were refused recently, for the fourth time, a request to leave. Their economic situation has meanwhile worsened and they are reported to be in desperate straits. A campaign for their release has also been launched by the Association of East European Jews in France. The Association’s chairman, Salomon Friedrich, has published an appeal “to all men of free spirit” to write to the Soviet ambassador and to ask the USSR to allow Mrs. Markish and her son to emigrate.

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