Soviet Jews Not Warmly Welcomed

Jewish immigrants from the Soviet Union who are arriving daily in what was formerly East Germany do not always get a warm reception, according to Jewish activists here.

In Leipzig, Dresden, Rostock and other cities and towns in eastern Germany, the local authorities complain of the burden of providing housing and municipal services for people who, they say, have little or no connection with Germany.

The authorities in some towns have appealed to the Jewish community in Berlin to take responsibility for the newcomers.

Jewish community leaders, meanwhile, continue to pressure the Bonn government to admit more Soviet Jews. About 10,000 are reported to have applied for entry visas.

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