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  • 1,000 Riga Jews in Pilgrimage to Graves of Martyrs of Nazi Era

    Soviet authorities did not interfere but watched from a distance when more than 1,000 Riga Jews participated in a pilgrimage to the graves of martyrs of the Nazi era on the outskirts of the city Saturday, it was learned here today. According to the information the pilgrimage attracted many more local Jews than in previous… More ▸

  • Report Soviet Authorities Eliminate Defense Witnesses in Riga by Granting Them Visas

    Mrs. Rebecca Aleksandrovich, whose daughter Ruth is one of five Jews awaiting trial in Riga on charges of “subversive” activities, reported here today that Soviet authorities have eliminated all possible defense witnesses by granting them exit visas. Mrs. Aleksandrovich arrived here this morning with her 18-year-old son Avigdor on an El Al charter flight from… More ▸

  • 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 ▸