NEW YORK (Oct. 1)
Mrs. Luba Trepper, wife of the former leader of the “Red Orchestra,” Leopold Trepper, is scheduled to arrive here tomorrow for a nation-wide tour to help gain support for her husband’s efforts to leave Poland and go to Israel, it was announced today by Yuri Suhl, a member of the U.S. Free Trepper Committee which is sponsoring Mrs. Trepper’s visit. She is due to meet with American Jewish leaders and heads of Trepper defense committees across the country.
The Polish government has six times refused to permit Leopold Trepper to emigrate to Israel to be reunited with his family. He is currently alone and seriously ill in Warsaw, according to reports reaching here. The 68-year-old former master spy whose exploits during World War II caused considerable damage to the Nazi army, has reported that his home is under constant surveillance and his phone tapped. In answer to protests, Polish authorities invariably reply. “We are protecting you from provocation,” he said.
Sponsors of the U.S. Free Trepper Committee include Rep. Bella Abzug, Paddy Chayefsky. Emil Fackenheim, Maxwell Geismer, Vivian Gornick, Herbert Gold and Morris Schappes.