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  • Vialon, Wartime Official of German Administration in Riga, on Trial for Perjury

    Dr. Friedrich Karl Vialon, former Secretary of State in the West German Ministry of Economic Cooperation, went on trial in Coblenz today on charges of having committed perjury when he testified at a war crimes trial several years ago that he knew nothing about the extermination of Jews during World War II. Vialon, 66, headed… More ▸

  • More Russian Jews Arrive in Israel from Moscow, Riga, Leningrad, Tzernovitz

    Another planeload of Russian Jews–the fourth in a week–landed at Lydda Airport this afternoon. The chartered El Al jet brought immigrants from Moscow, Riga, Tzernovitz and Leningrad who were picked up at Vienna. Officials of the Absorption Ministry were at the airport to greet the newcomers and dispatch them to absorption centers all over the… More ▸

  • Largest Group of Soviet Jews Arrive in Israel; Riga Trial Set for April 5

    The largest group of Soviet Jews ever to arrive in Israel landed at Lydda Airport this morning in a special El Al jet. Western newsmen at the airport estimated their number at 150. The previous record, set a few weeks ago, was an estimated 110. Today’s contingent included Jews from Moscow, Kiev, Riga and for… More ▸

  • Report Jews Will Go on Trial in Riga, Leningrad Next Month

    The Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington said today that it has learned from reliable sources that Jews will go on trial in Riga and Leningrad next month on aerial hijack plot charges. The sources said the trials would start after adjournment of the Communist Party Congress which opens in Moscow March 31. Ernest Shalowitz,… More ▸

  • Former Riga Jew Continues Hunger Strike in Front of White House

    Yosef Schneider, the former Riga Jew staging a hunger strike outside the White House, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency: “I feel good because I’m doing something for the Jews of the Soviet Union.” The 24-year-old Israeli, who began his scheduled week-long fast vigil Monday, is stationed within a simulated “prisoner’s cage” and is wearing a… More ▸

  • Riga Woman Jailed for 10 Days After Visiting Visa Office

    A Jewish woman in Riga who has been petitioning authorities since 1960 for an exit visa so that she could join relatives in Israel, was jailed for 10 days last month after visiting the local Ovir (visa) office, according to reports reaching here today from the Soviet Latvian capital. According to the reports, Mrs. Feige… More ▸

  • Jewish Woman in Riga Reports Seven or Eight Jewish Families Receive Exit Permits

    A Jewish woman in Riga reported today that “seven or eight” Jewish families in the Soviet Latvian capital have received exit permits and that others have been told by Soviet authorities that they would be issued exit visas when peace was restored in the Middle East. The woman, Mrs. Rivka Aleksandrovich, was contacted by telephone… More ▸

  • Report Freed Riga Jew Gets Exit Visa for Israel

    Grische Feigin, a Riga Jew recently released from a mental institution, has obtained an exit visa and will soon come to Israel, friends at Kibbutz Bar-Am reported today. They said they had received a letter from Feigin stating that he expected to leave Russia shortly. “I hope we shall see each other soon in Israel,… More ▸