Jwv Leader Assails Soviet Ransom

The new national commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the US assailed what he called the “exit ransoms” imposed by Soviet authorities on educated Jews wishing to leave the Soviet Union. Norman Tilles of Providence, R.I., said they were “reminiscent of the early days of the Nazi era. He added that “this new action rips away the mask of innocence from the Soviet leadership and reveals beneath it the same ugly anti-Semitic tendency that characterized the worst days of the Czar.” A world-wide condemnation not only of the “ransom tactics” but “the other obvious pressures applied to Jews by Soviet authorities,” was urged by him.

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