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  • Soviet Supreme Court Rejects Appeal by 9 Jews Convicted in Leningrad

    The Supreme Court of the Russian Republic yesterday rejected an appeal for mitigation of the sentences of nine Jews convicted in the second Leningrad trial last May of complicity in an alleged aerial hijack plot. The prisoners were not present in the court to hear the verdict which was given to their lawyers. Apart from… More ▸

  • Attorney Assails Newspaper Accounts of Trials in USSR As Completely Distorted

    A San Francisco attorney who was in Russia during the recent trials of Jews in Leningrad and Riga sharply criticized American newspaper accounts of the trials based on reports by Tass, the Soviet news agency. Ephraim Margolin, who specializes in criminal and constitutional law, said “I found this picture to be completely distorted on the… More ▸

  • Mrs. Aleksandrovich Discusses Plight of Her Daughter with Soviet Embassy Official

    Mrs. Rivka Aleksandrovich whose daughter Ruth is imprisoned and awaiting trial in Riga, visited the Soviet Embassy here today and was received by an attache with whom she discussed the case. Mrs. Aleksandrovich arrived in Israel only last month with her 18 year-old son, Avigdor, leaving behind her husband who chose to remain in Riga… More ▸

  • 2,500 in Rallies in Manhattan, Brooklyn for Soviet Jews

    More than 2,500 persons participated in demonstrations today on behalf of Soviet Jewry in Brooklyn and Manhattan. More than 1,000 persons attended a community-wide freedom rally for Soviet Jews sponsored by the Washington Heights Committee for Soviet Jewry which includes virtually all synagogues and Jewish organizations in the Washington Heights-Inwood sections of New York City…. More ▸

  • Workmen’s Circle Seder Urges U.S. to Help Obtain Passover Amnesty for USSR Jews

    The Workmen’s Circle, the largest Jewish labor fraternal order, has asked the United States government to intervene with Soviet authorities to obtain a Passover amnesty for all Jewish political prisoners in the Soviet Union, it was disclosed here tonight. Joseph Mlotek, the Circle’s education director, said a cable was sent to U.S. Ambassador Jacob Beam… More ▸

  • Soviets Resort to Arrests and Issuing Exit Visas to Remove Jews from Scene

    Soviet authorities are resorting to two methods–arrests and stepped up issuance of exit visas–to remove Jewish and other dissidents from the scene while the 24th Soviet Communist Party Congress is in session next week, reliable sources reported today from Moscow. The purpose is to avoid incidents that could embarrass the Soviet government while it plays… More ▸

  • Report Soviets May Review Emigration Rights; Drabkin Reported on Way to Israel

    Reports from Moscow today indicated that Soviet authorities might be reviewing their policy toward Jews and their demands for emigration rights. A top level policy decision on emigration was expected today. It was promised five days ago to a group of 24 Jews who staged a sit-in at the Supreme Soviet building in downtown Moscow,… More ▸

  • Soviet Cultural Group to Be Picketed by Jewish Students; Request for Emigration Given

    Several hundred Jewish students from Baltimore area universities are expected to picket the opening performance of the Siberian Dancers and Singers of Omsk at the Lyric Theater here tonight, according to Leon Sachs, executive director of the Baltimore Jewish Council. They will hand members of the audience entering the theater copies of a letter from… More ▸

  • Appeals by Soviet Jews: Right to Emigrate; Right to Live As Jews; Release Defendants

    The Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry today released three impassioned statements by Soviet Jews seeking to emigrate to Israel. One was an essay by Lev Sheinkar, a Moscow Hebrew teacher, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learned, was arrested there after making a live radio broadcast to Israel by telephone. Another was an appeal for emigration rights… More ▸

  • Campaign of Terror, Intimidation Unleashed Against Relatives of Riga Defendants

    A campaign of terror and intimidation against Jews in Riga, among them relatives of defendants in forthcoming trials, was reported today by reliable Jewish sources. Two Riga Jews, Simon Jassul and Margarita Shpilberg, received identical anonymous letters stating, “Kikes you continue to live. Hitler has not managed to finish you off. ” Mrs. Shpilberg is… More ▸