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  • Delegates to Riga Conference Report Gains for Soviet Jews

    Soviet and American delegates to a historic Jewish cultural conference in Riga this past Sunday and Monday report concrete gains that include establishment of a committee to coordinate a Jewish federation in the Soviet Union. Some 200 representatives from 40 Jewish organizations throughout the Soviet Union gathered in the Latvian capital in a meeting of… More ▸

  • Riga Activist Charged

    Zakhar Zunshain, a Riga activist, has been charged with “defaming the Soviet State” under the Latvian Criminal Code, the National Conference on Soviet Jewry reported today. If convicted, he faces up to three years in a labor camp. According to the Conference, the 33-year-old physicist is being held incommunicado. Zunshain was arrested last December in… More ▸

  • Special to the JTA After 22 Years, Riga Will Soon Have Its Own Rabbi

    After 22 years without a spiritual leader, the Jewish community of Riga in the Soviet Union will soon have its own rabbi, a native of the city who has just been ordained in Budapest. The newly ordained rabbi is 30-year-old Menachem Nidel who completed seven years of studies at the Rabbinical Seminary in the Hungarian… More ▸

  • Germany to Question Ex-latvian Cop

    West Germany wants the Ontario Supreme Court to order a North York man, who was a Latvian police officer during the Nazi occupation, to tell what he knows of two mass executions of civilians in Latvia in the early 1940s. The testimony of Harold Puntulis, a builder, would be part of the persecution’s case in… More ▸

  • Riga Refusnik Receives Exit Visa

    Reports out of Riga indicate that Oleg Milshtein, a biochemist who was previously refused permission to emigrate to Israel on grounds of alleged state secrets he had been exposed to at work, has received his long awaited visa and is expected to leave shortly with his wife Flora and children, according to the National Conference… More ▸

  • Deportation Hearing Against Former Nazi from Latvia Postponed Till Feb.

    A deportation hearing against Boleslavs Maikovskis, a former Latvian Nazi policeman accused of war crimes, was postponed today until February in order for the government to clarify charges and to give Maikovskis’ lawyer time to answer them. Judge Francis Lyons of the Immigration and Naturalization Service Court ordered William Strasser, an INS trial attorney, to… More ▸

  • Zalmanson in Israel; Phones Her Father in Riga to Say. ‘i’m Home’

    Silva Zalmanson landed at Ben Gurion Airport shortly before midnight last night and the throng on hand to greet her gave vent to the emotions that attended her long ordeal of imprisonment in the Soviet Union and her struggle for the right to emigrate. Acting Premier Yigal Allon greeted Mrs. Zalmanson with a kiss as… More ▸

  • Lopez Riga’s Remarks Cause Concern

    The DAIA, Argentine Jewry’s central agency, has declared in a statement it is seeking to determine the significance of a comment by Argentine Interior Minister Jose Lopez Riga on Feb. 19 that signatures of Jewish officials on Argentine documents to Libya were not helpful to Argentine interests in Libya. Lopez Riga headed a trade delegation… More ▸

  • Memorial Services Held Near Riga

    Two memorial services were held this weekend in Rumbule near Riga, it was reported by the National Conference on Soviet Jewry. One service was conducted by Latvian officials while the other one, some time later, was conducted by an undisclosed number of Jews. The NCSJ said that officials at the scene of the Jewish yizkor… More ▸

  • Anti-israel Soviet Film Used by Riga Jews to Their Own Advantage

    The Jews of Riga are turning Soviet propaganda to their own advantage. The government-run television there has been running and rerunning an anti-Israeli film called “Poison Days,” and at every airing the telephones in Jewish homes start ringing. The Jews, according to sources here, are calling to advise each other to be sure to watch–not… More ▸