Tarassuk and Family Arrive in Israel

Leonid Tarassuk, former curator of arms at Leningrad’s Hermitage Museum, arrived here today with his family The internationally prominent firearms expert who was dismissed from his Leningrad post after applying for visas to emigrate, has been offered a job at the Israel Maritime Museum in Haifa.

The museum’s director, Aryeh Bel Ali, was at Lod Airport early this morning to greet Tarassuk, his wife, their two children and his mother. The Tarassuk family left the Soviet Union last Thursday and spent several days in Vienna before coming here. Tarassuk was one of several prominent Soviet Jews seeking emigration on whose behalf several U.S. Senators intervened with Soviet authorities.

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