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August 08, 1969 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-08-08

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14—Friday, August 8, 1969


Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry
Schedules Commemorative Rally
to Recall Writers Slain Under Stalin

In a photo taken before the mass murder under Stalin's regime
are these Russion Jewish intellectuals, with B. Z. Goldberg (third
from left), American Yiddish writer and son-in-law of Sholem
Aleichem: L. Kvito, popular children's poet, whose poems sold in
many millions of copies, arrested in 1949 and executed in 1952;
J. Susskin, who directed the Jewish State Theatre after Mikhoel's
murder, arrested in 1949 and executed in 1952; Lena Shterm, the
only woman member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, and sole
survivor of the group of 25 intellectuals who were secretly tried for
treason and liquidated; Gen. Aaron Katz, Soviet hero of World War
H, whereabouts unknown; and Itzik Feffer, Yiddish poet and sec-
retary of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee, arrested late 1948
and executed Aug. 12, 1952.

* *
NEW YORK—The Student
Struggle for Soviet Jewry. in asso-
ciation with the Center for Rus-
sian Jewry, will commemorate
mass murder of Soviet Jewish
writers with a large rally in Man-
hattan's Garment Center Tuesday.
The theme of the rally will be a
call to the world to not forget those
now imprisoned for seeking free-
dom inside the USSR, for protest-
ing the invasion of Czechoslovakia
and the imprisonment of Polish
students, for demanding a Jewish
life and Jewish education for their
children, and their right to go to
From 1948 to 1953, 238 Yiddish
writers, 87 painters, 99 actors and
19 musicians—a total of 443 dis-
tinguished Jews—perished at the
hands of Stalin. That destruction
began in January 1948 when the
world-famous actor-director Sol-
omon Mikhoels was lured to Minsk
and found with his head practical-
ly severed from his body.
The culmination was the mass

Pilot: Bishop John M. Burgess of
the Episcopal Diocese of Massa-
chusetts: and Lewis H. Weinstein,
chairman of the American-Jewish
Conference on Soviet Jewry, ad-
dressed the protest meeting spon-
sored by the Jewish Coommunity
Council of Metropolitan Boston.
''There are minority peoples in
all parts of the world," Msgr.
Lally said, according to the Jewish
Advocate, "and, however small
may be their numbers, they have
every right to be proud of their
heritage, their own tradition, and
their own faith. To deny them this
right is to rob them of their
essential identity as human be-
ings . . .
"Boris Kochubiyevsky," the pre-
late declared, "under Soviet law
itself, should be freed from his
e all owed to
prison camp and
emigrate in the normal manner.
We appeal to the Soviet authori-
ties not to punish this man for
his Jewishness, but to realize his
sentiments represent the highest
kind of loyalty, for which, far
from being punished, indeed he
should be praised."

murder of 24 of the leading Jew-
ish intellectuals in the Liubianka
Prison in Moscow on the night
of Aug. 12, 1952. No one knows
where they are buried.
Luxury Apartment Hotel
Under Stalin, men like Peretz
Markish, Shlomo Mikhoels, Itzik Built at Israeli Resort

Feffer. David Bergelson, Leib
Kvitk o. Pinchas Kaganovotch
("Der Nister"), J Susskin, David
Hofstein, Hayim Konchirov, Moshe
Kolbak Elicha Rondine and Izi
Kharik, suffered and died under
abominable circumstances.
The Student Struggle group, in
announcing the rally said this
time, we are not going to stand
by and leave those incarcerated
to rot in prison and labor camps.
We are going to bring their names
before the public, day in, and day
out. We shall try to save their
lives, to diminish their torture
and to secure their release. Here
are the names of some of them:
Boris Kochubiyevsky, the Jewish
engineer who sought to defend
Jewish civil rights and to exit to
Israel; Ilya Ripps, the brilliant
young Riga Jewish student who
immolated himself to protest the
occupation of Czechoslovakia;
Andrei Sinyaysky, Yuli and Laris
sa Daniel, Pyotr Grigorenko and
Pavel Litvinov.
The group is launching a nation-
wide petition and mass letter-
writing campaign on their behalf.
Letters should be addressed to
the United Nations Human Rights
Commission, United Nations, N.Y.,
and copies seent to Dr. Henry Kiss-
inger, White House, Washington,
D.C. (with a covering note asking
U.S. intervention), and to the So-
viet ambassador, Washington, D.C.

NETANYA—One of the most lux-
urious residential buildings yet
constructed in Israel, a 15-story
apartment hotel built by Canadian
investors, was opened this month
on a cliffside park overlooking the
Netanya beach between Tel Aviv
and Haifa.
Called the Four Seasons, Israel,
this first-time venture of its kind
here offers 129 completely furnished
and cenetrally air-condticned studio
apartments and one and two-bed-
room suites, with terraces and

kitchenettes, for condominium

Intellectuals Protest Anti-Semitism
that have a Jewish community

(Continued from Page 1)
ment stated. "You have seen the
c, ointiin
k auation .of anti-Semitism under
that over 3,000.000 Soviet Jews are
still denied their basic civil rights
—to Jewish education and religion.
to any cultural or community exis-
tence. Official Soviet practice still
perpetuates the oppressive policies
which deprive Jews of any con-
tinuity with their past along with
any hope of a future. Alone among
the multitude of Soviet nationality
and religious groups. Jews are
singled out for discrimination, hos.
tility and degradation."
The letter observed that "a large
body of evidence has accumu-
lated over the past five years
demonstrating a sharp new sense
of Jewish consciousness and
identity, especially in the younger
generation of Soviet Jews. Their
tragedy is that they have no insti-
tutions—cultural, educational or
social—through which to express
that consciousness. In this funda-
mental way, the Jews of the USSR
are uniquely deprived."
The letter explained why the
Americans approached the Writers
Union on the matter. "It seems
to us that writers and intellectuals
must also be moral critics and
guides of society." it said. "And
so we appeal to you to assume a
moral burden on behalf of the
silent Jews of the Soviet Union.
We ask you to do what you can
to secure for Soviet Jews the op-
tion of perpetuating their heritage

sincerely hoped Israel would soon
face "great difficulties" in absorb-
ing a big immigration — "that of
Soviet Jews."
She spoke at a meeting of hun-
dreds of immigration and absorp-
tion workers which marked "Twenty
Years of Immigration and Absorp-
tion Day." The workers are after
the armed forces, "our greatest
Mrs. Meir also asserted that if, ,
after 20 years. the leaders of 14
Arab nations with millions of dol-
lars at their disposal could not
solve the Arab refugee problem, it
was because they did not want to
solve it and preferred to use help-
less human beings as political
Louis A. Pincus, chairman of the
Jewish Agency Executive, told the
meeting that efforts of workers
over the past 20 years had changed
the face of Israel. He said 97 per
cent of all Jews in Arab countries
now lived in Israel, as did most
Jews from Communist countries,
with the exception of Soviet Jewry.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Shulamit
Aloni, a Labor Party member of
the Knesset, charged in a letter to
Foreign Minister Abba Eban that
the foreign office was preventing
"any publication on the revival
of nationalist and Zionist aspira-
tion among the young Jewish
public in Russia as individuals
and as groups."

The foreign ministry flatly denied
the charges, saying that it wel-
comed publication of any trust-
worthy reports on developments
concerning the Soviet Jewish com-
Mrs. Aloni said that by alleged


has sent the list, together with sug-
gestions for the greetings, to na-
tional and local Jewish organiza-
tions, local community relations

councils, activists and the Jewish
Light said he did not expect all
the cards to get through Soviet
censors and he urges that the cards
carry no anti-Soviet message, but

a simple Rosh Hashana greeting.
He also urges the sending of
greeting cards to Soviet Premier
Alexei Kosygin and Secretary Gen-
eral Leonid Brezhnev.

Czech Jews After Dubcek Subject of WJC Paper

Although "all reports indicate
that Jewish life in Czechoslovakia
continues unhampered," the Jewish
community is "probably destined
to gradual natural extinction," ac-
coding to a background paper just
released by the Institute of Jewish
Affairs of the World Jewish Con-
The paper, "The Jewish Situa-
tion in Czechoslovakia After
Dublek," reviews the Jewish
a year which
situation in 1969
saw the removal of Alexander
Dubcek and Josef Smrkovsky
from positions of power, the
ousting or demoting of other lib-
erals and the tightening of cen-
sorship of all mass communica-
tion media. It is a continuation
of previous ILA studies on the
Jewish aspects of the changes in
Of special interest are the nu-
merous citations from the Czech
Mrs. Meir Wants
press on the subject of anti-Semit-
ism, coverage of the ominous
Russ Immigration;
speech of the Slovak minister of
Censorship Charged
the interior, Major-General Egyd
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Premier Pepich, who charged Jewish organ-
Golda Meir said recently that she

apartment purchase.
At the same time, the Four Sea-
sons will operate as a luxury tourist
hotel with apartment buyers shar-
ing the income from general occu-
pancy of suites in owners' absence.
The $3,500,000 project is man-
She declared that she had been
aged by the Four Seansons Hotel so informed by "senior journal-
organization which operates the ists," who had told her the alleged
Inn-on-the-Park and the Four Sea- blackout on such news was imposed
sons Motor Hotel in Toronto.
"through the aid of the censor."

The building is surrounded by
several acres of gardens and
overlooks a private beach. Twen-
ty-five minutes from Tel Aviv,
the Four Seasons is also within a
short driving distance of the
country's only golf course et

and culture, and so, to bolster their
human dignity."
A retired San Francisco business-
man has started a campaign to
send thousands of Rosh Hashana
greetings to Jews in the Soviet
Union. The project. originated last
year by the Committee for Soviet
Jewry, in Washington. D. C., was
adopted by Harold Light of the
Bay Area Council on Soviet Jewry,
who hopes to put the project on a
national basis.
Light has prepared a list of ad-
dresses of synagogues in the 62
communities in the Soviet Union

izations and the Israel Intelligence
Service with subversive activities
in Czechoslovakia, and the report-
ing of the manifestation of the
friendly attitude of government
and party leaders towards Jewry
on two important occasions.
"The Jewish Situation in Czecho-
slovakia After Dubcek" and other
publications of the IJA are avail-
able at the World Jewish Congress,

15 E. 84th St., New York 10028.

Customs collections for fiscal
1969 totaled over $3,250,000,000, an
increase of 12 per cent over fiscal
1968, Commissioner of Customs
Lester D. Johnson reported today.

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censorship, "important information
Four Seasons managament re- which is essential to Russian and
ports that approximately half of Israeli Jews is prevented" from
the building's apartments have al- publication. She asked whether such
ready been sold, mostly from plan, "a prohibition exists," and if so,
by Americans and Canadians in- under which law "in view of the
terested in a comfortable "second free press" in Israel.
home" available for visits in Israel.
She also asked in her letter,

In Boston, Catholic and Protes-
tant spokesmen joined Jewry in
a vigil at Boston Common to
protest the Kochubiyevsky arrest Early Detroit Jews
Although Jews were in Detroit as
and conviction.
The Rt. Rev. Francis J. Lally, early as 1769, the first Jewish com-
editor • of the Catholic organ, the munity was 'organized here in 1850.

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