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30 Jews Driven from Synagogue Steps

May 2, 1972
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Soviet police and auxiliary police drove 30 Jews from the steps of the Moscow Synagogue last Saturday and shoved them down the length of the street, Jewish sources in the Soviet Union reported today. One of the persons manhandled was Mrs. Isolda Avar who is in her seventh month of pregnancy. Two Jews were arrested at the synagogue and released shortly afterward. The 30 Jews signed a letter to President Nikolai Podgorny protesting the assault. about a Jewish interpreter in this particular case, he said no. The JTA correspondent, however, overheard Mrs. Ryan–who was calm and composed during her questioning–say bitterly to Barry after the adjournment: “He (Wassner) is a Jew. He has his hate.”

Mrs. Ryan lost her American citizenship last September for not admitting her Austrian conviction. Her husband, Russell, three years younger, testified March 20, and Mrs. Ryan’s neighbors defended her March 21. The hearings were postponed then to allow Schiano and Barry to collect depositions from witnesses, with Barry saying he needed time to go to Austria. He never went, however, because of what he called “the unavailability of people over there.” But he added: “We still haven’t given it up.”

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