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  • Elderly Jew Accused of Murder Released from Jail in Uzbekistan

    A 76-year-old Bukharam Jew has been released from a prison in Uzbekistan after an outcry of protest from Jews around the world. Iosif Koinov of Tashkent, the capital of the former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan, stands accused of killing his 17-year-old tenant, who was found murdered in bed Sept. 29. According to the Union of… More ▸

  • Peres Visits Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan

    Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres paid a three-day visit to the former Soviet states of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan earlier this month. Arriving first in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent, Peres remarked on parallels between the two countries. “Like Uzbekistan, Israel is fighting fundamentalism, poverty and war,” he said. Peres’ visit to Central Asia, where Islam… More ▸

  • Soviet Jewry Groups Find Agreement on Dismal Conditions in Uzbekistan

    The Union of Councils and the National Conference on Soviet Jewry do not always see eye to eye on the situation in the former Soviet Union. That was made clear last week when the Union of Councils protested a diplomatic reception co-sponsored by the National Conference. But when it comes to the human rights situation… More ▸

  • Jews in Lithuania, Uzbekistan Cannot Bake Matzoh; 150,000 Affected

    The Jewish communities in Lithuania which have 50,000 Jews, and in Uzbekistan where 100,000 Jews live, have not been permitted to bake matzoh this year, according to authentic information received here today from the USSR. The Jewish community in Georgia, however, has been permitted to bake matzoh for Passover. More ▸

  • Soviet Statement Vague in Denying Pogroms in Uzbekistan Cities

    The Soviet press agency Novosti has circulated this weekend a Joint statement issued in Uzbekistan by Jewish and Moslem clergymen denying reports issued by the B’nai B’rith at a press conference in Washington last month that “blood libel” pogroms on Jews took place in the two Uzbekistan cities of Tashkent and Margelan. The denial made… More ▸

  • Samarkand Rabbi, Only Rabbi in Soviet Uzbekistan, Arrives in Israel

    Rabbi Yechiel Maximoff, only rabbi of Samarkand, fabled ancient city of Soviet Uzbekistan, arrived here today as an immigrant. The 74-year-old rabbi was wearing a traditional Bukharian robe of multi-colored silk. Rabbi Maximoff told newsmen that the religious life of the Samarkand Jews had remained untouched throughout the Communist regime. He said that he had… More ▸

  • Jews in U.S.S.R. Move to Asiatic Russia; 500,000 Reported in Uzbekistan; Kazakhstan

    Soviet Jews have been migrating in increasing numbers from European to Asiatic Russia, particularly to Central Asia, the New York Times reports today. The article says that “it seems likely that more than one-quarter of the Soviet Jews now live in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and the adjoining area.” The analysis states that “the Jews in this… More ▸

  • Jews from Vilna and Kaunas Find Welcome in Uzbekistan; Majority Live in Kokand

    Jews evacuated by the Russian authorities from Vilna and Kaunas prior to the Nazi occupation of those cities have found new homes and occupations in Uzbekistan, the majority of them in the city of Kokand, it was reported here today by the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee which will open its annual conference in Moscow on February… More ▸

  • Housing Program Launched for Jewish Refugees in Uzbekistan; Press Lauds Evacuees

    A housing program to accommodate some of the thousands of Jewish refugees from the Ukraine, Byelorussia, Lithuania and Latvia who have been evacuated to Uzbekistan has been launched by the local authorities in Samarkand and other Uzbek cities, according to a report reaching here today. The authorities are building apartment houses, laundries and bathhouses for… More ▸