Stern Readies Appeal

Dr. August Stern, son of Dr. Mikhail Stern, sentenced in Vinnitsa on Dec. 31 to eight years imprisonment on charges of bribery, reported that in a telephone conversation with his mother in Vinnitsa yesterday, he received information that Dr. Stern’s attorney David Axelbandt, met with Dr. Stern at the labor camp at Kharkov for the first time yesterday to prepare the appeal for presentation to the Supreme Court of the Soviet Union in Moscow.

According to August Stern, his father said “I am confident that the Supreme Court will recognize my innocence and will prove its Justice to the world.”

Mrs. Stern told her son, who is in the United States under the auspices of the Union of Councils for Soviet Jewry of Hempstead, that in her most recent meeting with her husband, he asked her to convey to his children and to his friends that he is not despondent, despite the difficulties of his present situation but is filled with hope that he will soon be free.

Meanwhile, the National Conference on Soviet Jewry reported that Dr. Stern’s other son, Viktor, has been told he must leave the Soviet Union with his wife and child within one month.

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