LONDON (Apr. 16)
Soviet Jewish sources reported today that Esther Markish, widow of Peretz Markish, the Yiddish poet murdered in the Stalin purges, has suffered a facial paralysis that is presumed to be the result of a stroke. She has been hospitalized, the sources said. Mrs. Markish and her son, David, have made repeated but unsuccessful attempts to gain visas to go to Israel. They spent the first Passover seder night this year in the home of Prof. Aleksander Lerner, another Jewish dissident. in Moscow, and appeared in normal health then.