Esther and David Markish on Way to Israel; Hillel Shur Given Visa
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Esther and David Markish on Way to Israel; Hillel Shur Given Visa

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Esther and David Markish, the widow and son of the murdered Soviet Yiddish poet Peretz Markish, are expected here tomorrow from Vienna, the way station for Soviet emigrants migrating to Israel. David Markish, who with his mother finally received emigration permission last week and exemption from the exit tax, reported their arrival plans by telephone today to his wife, Irena, who has been living in Israel for several months.

Meanwhile, it was learned from Soviet Jewish sources that Hillel Zalmanovich Shur, 36, a defendant in the Kishinev trial, has been granted an exit visa but has had to pay more than 7000 rubles ($8750) to compensate the State for his higher education. He is expected in Israel soon.

Shur was arrested Sept. 5, 1970, and charged with anti-Soviet “agitation or propaganda.” At the June, 1971 trial, Shur charged in court that the chief investigator had bribed him to plead guilty in return for probation or be subjected to a five- or six-year sentence. On June 30, 1971, Shur was sentenced to two years’ hard labor, dating from Sept. 5, 1970.

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