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Soviet Anti-Semitism

  • Soviet Official Says Direct Flights Would Restrict Freedom of Choice

    Because the Soviet Union believes in “freedom of choice” for Soviet Jews wishing to emigrate, it will not drop its ban on direct emigre flights to Israel for the foreseeable future, a senior Soviet Embassy official said Tuesday. Soviet political counselor Vyacheslav Matuzov said that for economic reasons, many Jews who are able to leave… More ▸

  • UJA Film Finds Jews Are Fleeing, Not Just Emigrating, from USSR

    Jews are not just emigrating from the Soviet Union to Israel, they are fleeing from a new brand of Soviet anti-Semitism, according to a film released Wednesday by the United Jewish Appeal. A new variety of anti-Semitism is on the rise in the Soviet Union — it is grass-roots instead of state-sanctioned, violent instead of… More ▸

  • Germans Hear of Soviet Anti-semitism

    An Austrian film director has made a documentary film showing an alarming picture of Soviet anti-Semitism. Ernst Grandest, who traveled extensively in the Soviet Union to make his film, screened it Sunday in Frankfurt. Noting that liberalization in the Soviet Union had brought to the fore a deep-rooted hatred of Jews, Grandest said security forces… More ▸

  • Soviet Anti-semitism is Limited, International Rabbis Tell Confab

    Anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union affects only a small part of the population, Moscow’s Rabbi Adolf Shayevitch told more than 100 rabbis from 17 countries at a three-day meeting which ended here Wednesday. The biennial Conference of European Rabbis brought together rabbis from Western and Eastern Europe, as well as a large delegation from the… More ▸

  • Chilling Tale of Soviet Anti-semitism Given by Daughter of Victim of Stalin

    A chilling firsthand account of anti-Semitism spreading through the Soviet Union has been given by the daughter of one of the victims of Stalin’s “Doctors’ Plot.” A scenario reminiscent of that which existed 37 years ago is being re-enacted, said Natalia Rapoport, a pathologist who spoke in Milan last week. She was promoting a book… More ▸

  • Solidarity Sunday Revived in N.Y., but with a New Slant and Slogan

    After more than two decades of activism on behalf of Soviet Jews, the rallying cry of "Let My People Go" was changed to "Let My People Fly" and "Bring My People Home." It was the first Solidarity Sunday amid glasnost. Official police estimates of 127,000 people–although more realistic figures put the number at a fraction… More ▸

  • ADL Joins Forces with Va’ad to Combat Soviet Anti-semitism

    A Soviet Jewish umbrella group and an American organization that combats anti-Semitism have joined forces in an effort to escalate the fight against the perceived rise in anti-Semitism in the post-glasnost Soviet Union. The Confederation of Jewish Organizations and Communities of the USSR, known as the Va’ad, signed an agreement with the Anti-Defamation League of… More ▸

  • Ncsj Now Taking a Higher Profile on Issue of Soviet Anti-semitism

    The National Conference on Soviet Jewry, which has taken a cautious approach to reports of rising anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union, is now urging the Soviet government to ensure the safety of the third largest Jewish community in the world. “All we are asking the Soviet Union is to enforce their constitution and their laws… More ▸

  • Bush Tells Delegation He’s Upset About Rising Soviet Anti-semitism

    President Bush told two dozen Jewish leaders at the White House on Monday that he is disturbed about the reports he has been receiving about the increased threat of anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union. Bush understands that the issue now is not just emigration, but rescue,” said Malcolm Hoenlein, executive director of the Conference of… More ▸