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Feigin Married to Haifa Girl; 16 Georgian Jews Warn of Drastic Actions

August 11, 1971
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“Just imagine; A few months ago I was imprisoned in a mental asylum. Today I am here and am marrying the girl I love.” So said Maj. Grischa Feigin, the former Red Army hero who returned his medals to the Soviet authorities in protest against their Jewish policy. He was committed to an asylum for his act, and was eventually allowed to go to Israel. Feigin was wed last night to Yaffa Reich of Haifa, with Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren of Tel Aviv officiating. Many Russian immigrants attended, and the government was represented by Absorption Minister Natan Peled, a Russian immigrant of an earlier generation. Rabbi Goren spoke on the plight of Soviet Jews and on Feigin’s role in their struggle for freedom and identity. Another group of Jewish immigrants arrived here this morning from Riga, Czernowitz, Wilna and Tashkent. They had received their exit visas prior to the reported recent slowdown in approvals. Meanwhile, reports from Soviet Georgia said 16 Jews have warned the authorities in writing that if they are not granted the visas promised them two weeks ago, “we shall take up drastic and dramatic measures.” The 16 were among these who sat in at the central post office in Moscow last month.

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