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Glenn Richter

  • Jewish Groups Applaud Conviction in Soviet Union of Pamyat Leader

    American Jewish groups have applauded the conviction in Moscow of a leader of the anti-Semitic group Pamyat as an important first step in the fight against anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union, which for decades was sanctioned by the government. Konstantin Smirnov-Ostashvili was convicted by a Moscow court Friday and sentenced to two years in jail… More ▸

  • Outrage over Cardinal’s Speech is Mounting Among Jews in U.S.

    Jewish outrage continued to mount Tuesday over anti-Semitic remarks by Polish Cardinal Jozef Glemp concerning Jewish protests against the convent on the grounds of the former Auschwitz death camp. Glemp charged, among other things, that Jews control the international news media and are using it to vilify Poland. He accused Jewish protestors of attacking the… More ▸

  • Protests Are Obstacle to Moving Nuns, Polish Cardinal Tells Israeli Official

    Cardinal Franciszek Macharski complained to an Israeli Cabinet official on Tuesday that widespread Jewish protests were making it impossible for him to abide by the agreement he signed to remove a convent built on the grounds of the former Auschwitz death camp. Macharski, the archbishop of Krakow, discussed the issue during a two-hour meeting with… More ▸

  • Activists Mix Joy with Caution at Moscow Jewish Center Opening

    The Jewish Cultural Center that opened Sunday night in Moscow, though certainly welcome, has not garnered rave reviews among Soviet Jews or their supporters in the West. But those who want something Jewish–of substance–in the Soviet Union, are quick to acknowledge this center as a first step. “At the moment, it’s all they’ve got,” said… More ▸

  • Soviet Jewry Movement Facing New Challenges in Gorbachev Era

    With conditions for Soviet Jews seeming to improve and a Western “honeymoon” with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev still going strong, Soviet Jewry groups are taking a hard look at the future of their movement. Last year, nearly 19,000 Soviet Jews were allowed to leave the Soviet Union, the highest total in nine years and well… More ▸

  • Austria, Too, Remembers Kristallnacht Anniversary

    In symposia, documentary films, newspaper stories and exhibition, Austrians remembered Kristallnacht. The Austrians, who have themselves claimed to have been victims of the Nazis and not persecutors, could hardly avoid facing the memory of the night of Nov. 9-10, 1938, when anti-Jewish pogroms broke out throughout the Third Reich. Austrians, however, were calling the night… More ▸

  • Three Detained by Police in Istanbul Protesting Waldheim Visit to Turkey

    Nazi-hunter Beate Klarsfeld, Rabbi Avraham Weiss of New York and another American were detained twice Wednesday by Turkish police in Istanbul and reportedly beaten following their second detention, after demonstrating against visiting Austrian President Kurt Waldheim. According to Glenn Richter, national coordinator of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, the three were first detained for… More ▸

  • Proposed Soviet Emigration Reforms Welcomed, but Seen As Insufficient

    Soviet Jewry activists welcomed proposed reforms in the Soviet emigration code, but said the reforms would still not bring the Soviets into compliance with international human rights accords. They were responding to a report in The New York Times Thursday that Soviet authorities had informed U.S. officials of some proposed changes during Foreign Minister Eduard… More ▸

  • Eight Arrested at Soviet Mission in Protest for Alling Refusenik

    Eight persons, four of them doctors and one a rabbi, had themselves arrested Sunday outside the Soviet Mission to the United Nations to dramatize the plight of Georgi Samoilovich, a Jewish refusenik suffering from cancer. They blocked the entrance, in violation of a city ordinance, and were charged with disorderly conduct and released. The eight… More ▸

  • Ncsj Revises Soviet Jewry Emigration Figures for July

    The National Conference on Soviet Jewry announced Thursday a “major correction” on its previously released emigration figures for July, citing an inadvertent failure to subtract 320 non-Jewish emigres from the total figure of 1,698 Jews and non-Jews who left the Soviet Union. The new figure of 1,378 Jewish emigres in July actually represents a slight… More ▸