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Soviet Anti-Semitism

  • Rabbi Yehuda Leib Levin, Chief Rabbi of Moscow, Dies at 78

    Chief Rabbi Yehuda Leib Levin of Moscow–the Russian capital’s only rabbi during the past three years–died there today at the age of 78. He leaves his wife, three grown daughters and 15 grandchildren. Reports reaching here this afternoon from Moscow gave conflicting causes of death. Some attributed it to pneumonia, others to cancer of the… More ▸

  • Mikhail I. Romm, Soviet Jewish Film Director, Dies at 70

    Mikhail I. Romm, the well-known Soviet Jewish film director who spoke out publicly against Soviet anti-Semitism, died Monday in Moscow at the age of 70. At a meeting of film and theater personnel at the end of 1962, Romm compared repression of Judaism with repression of artistic expression. He charged that the official word “cosmopolite”… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Wherever Brezhnev’s party moved, demonstrators turned up with placards denouncing Soviet anti-Semitism and demanding emigration rights for Russian Jews. Ten bearded Jews wearing prayer shawls and carrying rams horns occupied the official platform in the Municipal Square moments after the Brezhnev party left the City Hall. Police promptly hustled them into police vans. At the… More ▸

  • Kahane Says All Jdl Weapons “legal” Plans New Bomb-making Seminar

    Rabbi Meir Kahane, national chairman of the Jewish Defense League, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today that “The JDL will not be turning in any illegal weapons because we have none.” Kahane, who pleaded guilty in Brooklyn Federal District Court Friday to a conspiracy charge involving the manufacture of explosives, was referring to a stipulation… More ▸

  • Soviet Anti-semitism in Violation of Own Laws, Commission of Inquiry Told

    Anti-Semitic stereotyping as Soviet policy and the Soviet’s violation of their own laws in the prosecution of Jews seeking to emigrate to Israel were charged by witnesses testifying today before a Commission of Inquiry of the Rights of Soviet Jews, which met at the Carnegie Endowment International Center. Prof, John A. Armstrong of the University… More ▸

  • Jewish Group Refuses to Endorse U.S. Withdrawal from Vietnam or Condemn Jdl Tactics

    The National Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, ending its 42nd annual convention here today, refused to condemn the harassment tactics of the Jewish Defense League or to endorse the withdrawal of American troops from Vietnam “at the earliest possible time consistent with their safety.” The Federation did approve resolutions condemning Soviet anti-Semitism, public support of… More ▸

  • Ripps Still in Mental Institution; Kochubiyevsky, Dubrov Beaten by Assailants

    Ilya Ripps, the Jewish student from Riga who set himself on fire in April 1969 in protest against Soviet anti-Semitism, is still confined in a Soviet mental institution. The Soviet Jewry Action Group, a San Francisco based group dedicated to the emancipation of Soviet Jewry, disclosed it had received this information from a tourist who… More ▸

  • Zionist Official Says Jewish Policy of Soviet Union Doomed to Failure

    A Zionist official said today that he believed “the Jewish policy of the Soviet Union is doomed to failure and perhaps many in the Soviet Union have sensed it already as Dr. S. Levenberg, Jewish Agency representative in Britain, addressed a session on Soviet Jewry at the 70th annual conference of the British Zionist Federation…. More ▸

  • Rigerman Feted by State Department; Meets with Rogers, Hillenbrand

    The State Department–from Secretary of State William P. Rogers on down–welcomed Leonid Rigerman yesterday with a warmth beyond diplomatic cordiality and treated him to a kosher lunch. The meal had been scheduled for the Foreign Service Association Club, but that establishment, it was discovered, could not provide kosher food. High State Department officials joining Rigerman… More ▸