NEW YORK (Mar. 11)
To protest the Soviet Union’s refusal to abide by the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry and the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry has declared the week of March 11-15 as “Exodus Week.” A series of actions will take place at the Isaiah Peace Wall opposite the UN including vigils, fasts, studies, and readings from the book of Exodus, the UN Declaration of Human Rights and appeals by Soviet Jews.
The two Soviet Jewry groups issued an “urgent appeal to the people of New York to participate in aiding Sylva Zalmanson, Alexander Feldman and Peter Pinkhasov. The appeal stated that Mrs. Zalmanson is “dying in the Potma labor camp from tuberculosis and peptic ulcers and is going deaf from vitamin deficiencies”; Feldman, sentenced to 3 1/2 years for malicious hooliganism, is now in solitary confinement; and Pinkhasov, an invalid, was sentenced to five years after he had already received, along with his wife and six children, exit visas.
The GNYCSJ and SSSJ also reported that the plight of Valery and Galina Panov will be dramatized tomorrow on the occasion of Valery’s 35th birthday by a rally at Plaza Square on Fifth Ave, and 59th St. Participants will include celebrities of stage, screen, opera, ballet and city officials. (A rally of concern will also be held tomorrow in London organized by the British Committee for the Release of the Panovs. A “Release the Panovs” march from Hyde Park to the Soviet Embassy will include leading figures from the world of the arts, cinema and ballet.)