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January 1, 1971
Not Hijacking ... Hatred for Jews is the Cause
For the Latest Outrage Perpetrated in USSR
Hijacking is the charge, but the intent of the Russian court under the inspiration of the Soviet government is to intimidate Jews and to stem the growing
tide of the demand for the right of Jews to leave Russia and to settle in Israel.
Fourteen leading American intellectuals, including three Nobel Laureates and two Pulitzer Prize winners, assailed the Leningrad trial as part of a campaign
by the Soviet leadership "to intimate the untold numbers of Soviet Jews who wish to maintain their Jewish identity."
Signing the statement were Saul Bellow, novelist; Noam Chomsky, academician; Henry Steele Commager, historian; Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, president
of Notre Dame University; Abraham J. Heschel, theologian; Alfred Kazin, critic; Arthur Kornberg, Nobel Laureate; Dwight Macdonald, critic; Arthur Miller, Pulitzer
Prize-winning playwright; Hans J. Morgenthau, political scientist; Bayard Rustin, civil rights activist; Robert Penn Warren, Pulitzer Prize-winning author; George
Wald, Nobel Laureate, and Eugene Wigner, Nobel Laureate. They declare in part:
What, then, is the grave offense of these arch•crimlnals, that they should
The Jews stand accused of banditry and treason. They are charged with
imminently face the death penalty? Just that they discussed and Planned- Some-
having planned to hijack an airplane at Leningrad Airport and divert it to
of the accused are indeed reported to have confessed to such a plan. But this
Finland. For this, the penalty could be death.
was not their real crime. Those on trial now are actually among the 34
young Jews arrested and held incommunicado since last June 15 in Leningrad,
Note well: They are not accused of hijacking. They are not accused of
Tbilisi, and Kishinev. As one of them wrote in an impassioned letter to
a physical or violent attempt to hijack. Nor are they charged with actual or
General Rndenko: "Their only crime was that they were
planned violence of any sort. They are not accused of hostile acts or plots
and they sought to remain Jews."
against the state. They are not accused of any thought of subversion or revolu-
Is there an anguished conscience left in the world to witness and protest
tion. Nor are they charged with the language of revolution. They are not accused
this outrage against the last great remnant of East European Jewry that survived
of criticising the Soviet system. They are not accused of desiring to change the
the Nazi holocaust?
system in any particular. Nor are they charged with the language of violence.
World Parliamentarians Protest
Leningrad Travesty; U. S., World
Leaders Ask End to USSR Horror
Heads of governments, the parliaments of the
world, leaders of the Communist parties in France,
Great Britain and Italy joined in the wave of pro-
tests at the death sentences imposed upon two
Soviet Jews in the Leningrad show trial.
In both houses of the U. S. Congress, in the
final hours of the present session, strong condem-
nations were heard of the treatment accorded
Jews in Russia, and senators and congressmen
joined the national gathering of Jewish leaders,
held in Washington Wednesday, in calling upon
President Nixon for direct action to prevent the
Representatives of Jewish communities from
all states were in assembly in Washington Wednes-
day to express horror at what had transpired in
Leningrad. They called for international action
to prevent repetitive trials which already are
anticipated in Leningrad, Kishinev and Riga.
Five U. S. senators spoke out Tuesday in
favor of a strong official administration protest
against the death sentences. They were Birch
Bayh, Indiana, Abraham A. Ribicoff, Connecticut,
and Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts, all
Democrats; and Jacob J. Javits, New York, and
Robert Dale, Kansas, Republicans.
Bayh stated: "The British and the French
governments and the Vatican have personally in-
tervened with the Soviet Union. It seems to me
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in Detroit .. Days of Prayer Proclaimed
mayor of Lenin-
On the local front, Mayor Roman Gribbs sent a telegram to
grad, Alexander A. Sizov, expressing the concern of Detroit citizens over the fate
iet Jews currently on trial in your city.
to live freely as Jews in the Soviet Union or to be allowed to em
in our opinion hardly justifies the
reaoable request and
against them ," the telegram said.
Mayor Gribbs added: "We hope that you will regard our interest in this matter
to see a better understanding develop between the Ameri-
as an indication of
can and Soviet peoples. The current trials have caused great deal of confusion in our
principles inherent in the
minds with respect to the Soviet peoples' espousal
Declaration of Human Rights which guarantees to all the right to emigrate."
Rabbi Leon Fram, a member of the Jewish Community Council's executive corn-
and head of the Rabbinical Commission of Metropolitan Detroit, attended the
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Keep Protesting...Let the Kremlin Know Your
Sentiments...Ask White House Not to Be Silent
The voice of the civilized world must continue to be heard in protest against the atrocious
acts of the Kremlin. Protests must not be interrupted! Let the Soviet leaders know that injustice
is crying out to the high heavens, that attempts to intimidate Russian Jewry are meeting with
the indignation the Leningrad court has earned, that the planned new trials prove that Russia's
aims are to punish Jews who refuse to continue a, life of degradation in the land of the Czars
and under Communist dictatorship. Join in appeals to President Nixon and to responsible.
world leaders for support in the task of paving the way to Israel for those who wish to sevez
with the oppressors in the USSR. Act NOW !