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Jewish Professor Arrested in Chile

October 5, 1973
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Dr. Jacques Zylberberg, a Belgian Jewish professor who taught sociology at the University of Concepcion in Chile while the government of Dr. Salvador Allende Gossens was in power, has been arrested and imprisoned at the Kuiri-Kuina naval base off the Chilean coast of Talcahuana, it was revealed here today by the Belgian Ambassador to Chile. Dr. Zylberberg was arrested two weeks ago by the military junta.

The Belgian Ambassador who arrived here last week and returned today to Chile said before leaving that the Belgian government through its Foreign Affairs Ministry was taking every step to try to obtain the professor’s release, as well as that of another Belgian, non-Jewish, who has also been arrested.

Mrs. Jacques Zylberberg, the wife of the professor, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency here that her husband had been teaching at the university for several years. She said that according to the information she had received, the Chilean military junta had arrested Dr. Zylberberg for his “political activities.” She had no further immediate information.

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