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  • Soviet Jewish Prisoners Said to Be in Desperate Straits

    “I am speaking in the name of all the (Soviet Jewish) prisoners. The people are in desperate straits. They have waited 5, 7, 10 years for their beloved ones…. We demand the intervention of international organizations on the conditions of the prisoners.” These were the words of Chaim Drori, an Israeli citizen who recently emigrated… More ▸

  • Harassment of Russian Jews Unabated As Nixon Moscow Visit Nears

    With President Nixon doe in Moscow in ten days for his third summit conference with Soviet leaders, the new wave of harassment and repression of Jews seeking to leave the USSR continued unabated while the rate of emigration remained at an extremely low level Jewish sources in the Soviet Union reported today. In Chernovits, Albert… More ▸

  • Brezhnev Says Jews Forbidden to Leave USSR Are Enemies of the State

    Soviet Communist Party Secretary Leonid I. Brezhnev told a group of Jewish demonstrators at the Gander, Newfoundland airport Saturday night that “as many Jews as want to go to Israel may go” and that “those who are forbidden to leave the Soviet Union are enemies of the State who want to give away State secrets.”… More ▸

  • Soviet Jews Appeal to Brezhnev; Some Obtain Exit Visas

    Isaac Shkolnik’s appeal against a ten-year prison sentence, scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court in Moscow today, has been postponed, Jewish sources in the Soviet Union reported. The official explanation was that the transcript of the case, tried in Vinnetsa, Ukraine last year, was not ready, the sources said. No new date for… More ▸

  • Leningrad Deputy Mayor, British Jews, in Verbal Clash over Soviet Jews

    Deputy Mayor Yevgeny Gogolev of Leningrad met with representatives of the local Jewish community in the Lord Mayor’s office today but failed to convince them that all was well with Jews in Leningrad and in the Soviet Union generally. The Russian official and Leningrad’s famed Kirov Ballet are visiting Manchester as guests of Lord Mayor… More ▸

  • Zalmanson Uncle Starts Hunger Strike Outside UN

    Avraham Zalmanson, a 50-year-old Israeli whose niece and nephews–Sylva Zalmanson, her husband Edward and her brothers Israel and Vulf–are serving long sentences in Soviet forced labor camps, began a hunger strike outside the United Nations today in the hope that by dramatizing their plight he could prompt the UN to intervene in their behalf. Zalmanson,… More ▸

  • Former Iata Official Deplores Favorable Publicity for Sylva Zalmanson

    Sir William P. Hildred, former-director-general-of-the-International Air Transport Association (IATA) protested in a letter published in The Times today against favorable publicity accorded Sylva Zalmanson Kuznetsov one of the defendants in the Dec. 1970 Leningrad hijack trials, now serving a ten-year prison sentence at a Soviet forced labor camp. “Whatever else she may have done (Zalmanson)… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines Plight of Soviet Jewry on Film

    “Escape to the Sun,” the first motion picture to deal with the plight of Soviet Jews trying to emigrate to Israel and “based” on events leading up to the infamous Leningrad hijack trial in 1970, had its world premiere last night at the Criterion Theater. It is a controversial film. But the controversy, unfortunately, is… More ▸