WASHINGTON (Feb. 12)
Mrs. Rosalynn Carter personally joined last Friday in the movement to relieve the plight of Soviet Jewry. America’s First Lady welcomed to the White House some 30 wives of Senators and Representatives who are member of the Congressional Wives Group-Concerned About Soviet Jewry, and received from them a “White Paper of Hope and Despair” on behalf of the Moscow women who have been refused visas to go to Israel.
She also heard on appeal on behalf of the only imprisoned Soviet Woman of Conscience, I do Nudel, who six months ago was exited to Siberia for four years for fighting for the right of Soviet Jews to emigrate.
Mrs. Carter responded to the presentations by saying she was “moved” by Soviet Jewry’s situation and lauded Americans who are involved as U.S. citizens to help Soviet Jewry. She said she was “particularly happy” to greet the Congressional wives and leaders of the National Conference for Soviet Jewry who came to the White House. She “described the Moscow women’s group, consisting of about 30 refusniks, as “a gallant group of people” and said-both President Carter and she are their “champions.”
Mrs. Jessica Tuchman Matthews, a National Security Council specialist on global affairs, emphasized the need for “private voices” like the Congressional group to support the movement for Soviet Jewry.