SAN FRANCISCO (Apr. 24)
Seven Jewish prisoners at the Perm forced labor camp in the Ural mountains are protesting against conditions in the glass and plastics factory there which they say are responsible for the serious illness of some of the prisoners who work in the factory, the East Bay chapter of the Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews reported today.
They said that according to Jewish sources in the Soviet Union, the seven prisoners signed a petition demanding safety measures at the factory. Their action was prompted by the illness of Yacov Suslensky. 45. who contracted a severe lung ailment and can no longer work.
The sources also reported that one of the signers of the petition, Shimon Grilius, has been sentenced to four months at a strict regime labor camp because he wore a skull cap. Grilius, 28, a religious Jew, is serving a five-year sentence. The nature of the charges against him were not known by the sources.
The executive of the Latin American Jewish Congress announced in Buenos Aires that it sent matzo, wine and flour to the 21 Jewish families that are presently residing in Managua, Nicaragua. The LAJ Congress gift followed a report by Chaim Koren, World Jewish Organization delegate and member of the LAJC. Koren visited recently the destroyed Nicaraguan capital and made his report upon his return.