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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-01-29

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Outcries Yielding Results for Russian Jewry

(Continued from Page 1)
alleged attempt at airplane hijack-
ing in Leningrad."
Symes wrote that the State De-
partment believes "the Soviet fail-
ure to accept the basic right of
free movement was at the root of
the Leningrad trial" last month at
which 11 Jews received severe
prison sentences. Two of the ac-
cused received the death penalty,
later commuted to 15 years' impris-

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✓ 1- nnouncernents

Jan. 25—To Mr. and Mrs. Neal
Zalenko (Esther Silver), 13330
Sherwood, Huntington Woods, a
daughter, Jennifer Wynne.
• •

Jan. 20—To Mr. and Mrs. Nor-
man Benjamin (Barbara Deimon),
24523 Pierce, Southfield, a daugh-
ter, Karen Beth.

Jan. 19—To Mr. an d Mrs. How-
ard S. Becker (Diane Granat of
Detroit), of Miles, Ill., a daugh-
ter, Stacy Robin.

Jan. 16—To Mr. an d Mrs. David
C. Berg (Mick Grossberg), 12921
Dartmouth, Oak P a r k, a son,
Joshua Lewis.
• • •
Jan. 13—To Mr. and Mrs. Harold
F. Safron (Sandra Stearn), 19740
Dorset, Southfield, a daughter,
Deborah Jeannine.
• • •
Jan. 5—To Mr. and Mrs. Den-
nis Roth (Donna Weingarten), 213
N. Ingalls, Ann Arbor, a daughter,
Rachel Rebecca.
• • •
Jan. 1—To Mr. and Mrs. Ronald
Rossen (Linda Goodman), 1020 Is-
land Dr., Ann Arbor, a son,
Jeremy David.
• • •
Dec. 29—To Mr. and Mrs. Leslie
Myerson (Charlene Genser of Oak
Park) of Las Vegas, a daughter,
Alissa Faith.
• • •
Dec. 28—To Mr. and Mrs. Ed-
ward Traurig (Mitzi Lowenthal),
15210 Rosemary, Oak Park, a son,
Jeffery Milton.

• •
Dec. 19—To Mr. and Mrs. Jer-
ome Avrushin (Marsha Leopold),
23241 Geneva, Oak Park, a daugh-
ter, Judith Michelle.



To Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Frankel
(Judy Shetzer), 831 Redding, Birm-
ingham, an adopted daughter,
Caren Ann.
• • •
To Mr. and Mrs. William S.
Nadler (Joyce Rosenthal), 21670
Church, Oak Park, a daughter,
Kasi Ann.

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onment after a worldwide outcry. without protest action, Soviet Jews
Symes' letter was accompanied by would be given long jail terms "or
three statements recently made worse." -
by U. S. spokesmen regarding the
In the second hour of the pro-
treatment of Soviet Jews.
gram, f our "Establishment"
Jewish
leaders condemned the
Scientist Gets Permit,
JDL for "counter-productive"
Family Goes to Israel
tactics. Morris Abram, former
LONDON (JTA)—Boris Tsuker-
president of Brandeis University,
man, noted physicist and a prom-
declared: "You cannot force the
inent Soviet Jewish activist, was on
Soviet Union to change its miser-
his way to Israel Tuesday with his
able policy by the use of sporad-
wife and two children. The family
ic violence in the United States."
left Moscow Airport Monday where
He said "Jews cannot prosper
about 50 Jews gathered to see them
under a system of lawlessness,"
off. The Tsukermans stopped brief-
and called Rabbi Kahane a
ly at Vienna before going on to
"childish" man who engaged in
Tel Aviv.
_ "mad antics."
Tsukenman, was one-of a group
Rabbi Marc H. Tannenbaum, in-
of dissenters working under Prof.
Andrei Saldiarov. lie was granted terreligious affairs director of the
American
Jewish Committee, said
an emigration visa for himself and
his family about two weeks ago. the JDL's "effectiveness is virtual-
ly
inconsequential"
within the
Jewish sources said he had become
a source of embarrassment to So- American Jewish community.
"Rabbi
Kahane,"
he
said, "was
viet authorities because he was
continually challenging repressive actually riding on the coattails of
the established Jewish organiza-
edicts in the Soviet courts.
Vitaly Svichinsky, another Jew- tions." Rabbi Tanenbaum said Jews
ish activist who was promised an did not need "violent antics" to
exit visa at the same time as Tsuk- "assert their authentic manhood,"
erman, has not left Russia al- and observed of the Kremlin that
though he was supposed to have "a proud government will not sub-
departed for Israel on Jan. 23. mit to that kind of intimidation."
Rabbi Arthur Schneier of Park
According to Jewish sources his
visa was held up last week without East Synagogue, which is located
explanation. Reports from Moscow across the street from the Soviet
Tuesday stated it was held up be- Mission to the United Nations, re-
cause of formalities following the ported that on his several visits to
birth of a child. It is not known the USSR as president of the Ap-
peal of Conscience Foundation,
when Svichinsky will leave.
"hundreds" of Soviet Jews had
Former Soviet Jew, Brought
said to him of Rabbi Kahane that
to U.S. by JDL, Calls
"whatever he is doing is harmfuL"
Violent Protests Unavoidable
Arnold Forster, general counsel
NEW YORK (JTA)—A. former
Soviet Jew brought to the United to the Anti-Defamation League of
Baal
Beth, stated that the JDLers
States by the Jewish Defense
League to speak in its behalf said were "terrorists" like the Black
Panthers
and that the Kremlin was
in a television interview here that
"we must increase the pressure" "using the Jewish Defense League
on the Kremlin to free Soviet Jews. as an excuse" for repression. The
Dov Sperling, an Israeli who is four Jewish leaders agreed that
not a member of the JDL, said "world opinion" sparked by the
also that it would be "helpful" if established Jewish organizations,
President Nixon spoke out force- not JDL actions, had effected the
fully on the question of Soviet anti- communication of the two Lenin-
Semitism. He added that while "it grad death sentences.
Jewish sources here reported re-
would be beautiful" to carry out
anti-Soviet demonstrations without ceiving five new letters from Rus-
violence, "we can't". Sperling, who sian Jews appealing to public
said he was a friend of Yasha opinion for support of their demand
Kazakov, the young Jew who fasted for emigration rights. The sources
outside the United Nations for told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency
eight days to dramatize the plight that three of the letters were pe-
17.f Soviet Jewry, appeared on titions signed by scores of persons.
WNEW - TV's "David Susskind The letters were smuggled out of
Show" in the first half of a two- Russia by tourists. According to
hour consideration of the JDL and the sources, several of the new
the problems of Soviet Jewry. letters came from Riga where four
Joining him on the panel were Jews are awaiting trial for al-
Rabbi Meir Kahane, JDL chair- leged anti-Soviet activities. Con-
man; Bertram Zweibon, JDL gen- trary to reports received last week
eral counsel; and Joshua Joffe, of by the Israel Broadcasting Service
the JDL youth movement.
from a Jewish family in Moscow,
The interview was taped the the trial in Riga has not started,
evening before Jan. 19, the day according to Jewish sources here
Rabbi Kahane agreed to halt tem-
The Student Struggle for Soviet
porarily the JDL's harassment of Jewry released three impassioned
Soviet personnel Sperling was one statements by Soviet Jews seeking
of eight former Soviet Jews now to emigrate to IsraeL One was an
resident in Israel who last week essay by Lev Sheinkar. a Moscow
cabled American Jewish leaders Hebrew teacher who, JTA learned,
protesting their denunciations of was arrested there after making
the JDL and calling the League's a live radio broadcast to Israel by
activities "most effective."
telephone.
In the TV interview, Rabbi Ka-
Another was an appeal for emi-
hane said JDL opponents should gration rights addressed to Soviet
not be "so uptight about violence." Communist Party Chief Leonid I.
While "we don't counsel violence," Brezhnev by Arkady Shpilberg of
he said, his group would do "what- Riga, who was arrested on Aug.
ever has to be done" to aid Soviet 4 and is one of four Jews slated to
Jewry, and "that includes a multi- stand trial in Riga. The third
tude of sins." Asked by Susskind document was an appeal to the
whether JDL, which has applauded Soviet Prosecutor General R. Ru-
the recent smashing of the windows denko by the families of nine Jews
of the Soviet Aeroflot-Intourlst who are defendants in the second
building, was actually responsible Leningrad trial which opened on
for it, Rabbi Kahane replied: Jan. 6 and was suddenly ad-
"Heaven forbid!" He rejected the journed.
label of rightist suggested by Suss-
Sheinkar publicly proclaimed
kind, and denied a New York himself a Zionist, "not as a matter
Times item that he had worked for of party membership, but as a
the House Committee on Un-Amer- matter of conviction" because he
ican Activities. Kahane and
is "a Jew who is convinced that
bon differed on one significant there is no life without Israel ei-
point that was not followed up by ther for him or his people, the
Susskind. The JDL lawyer said SSSJ said.
the long prison sentences meted
(See Commentary, Page 2)
out to two Leningrad defendants
Shpilberg apparently got no reply
would be worse than the originally
announced executions; but the JDL from Brezhnev. His arrest in Au-
chairman later contended that gust was in connection with the
alleged plot to hijack a Soviet air-
THE DETROIT MISR NM liner at Leningrad. The appeal to

Rudenko, dated Aug. 19, was
signed by the mothers, wives or
sisters of eight of the Leningrad
11 defendants. It claimed that the
arrests on June 15 and Aug. 5,
1970 "were made on the basis of
charges that could be the result
only of a monstrous mistake."
A 21-year-old Soviet Jewish
emigre said here that peaceful
American demonstrations against
Soviet repression were "wonder-
ful," but that violent tactics
"make publicity for Rabbi (Meir)
Kahane but not for Soviet
Jewry.•
Mrs. Alla Milkina Rusinek, an
Israeli citizen, in the United States
for a campus speaking tour ar-
ranged by the American Jewish
Conference on Soviet Jewry, said
of peaceful demonstrations: "Of
course they help . . . Everytime
we heard something it was a holi-
day." But, she added, "bombing
is something else."
Mrs. Rusinek made her com-
ments in an informal discussion
with correspondents of three publi-
cations, including the Jewish Tele-
graphic Agency. She recalled that
she had been forced to join the
Komsomol, the Soviet Communist
youth organization, at age 14 and
was very active in it, but was ex-
pelled six years later and harassed
at work for allegedly "anti-Soviet
statements" that she denied being
involved in. "The atmosphere (at
work) was very tense and every-
one was afraid to speak with me,"
she said, noting that she had been
accused of "organizing a Zionist
conspiracy" within her depart-
ment at the Research Institute for
Information on Standardization,
where she worked as a clerk.
Mrs. Rusinek rioted that she was
not fired from her job because So-
viet law prohibits the firing of
orphans, but that the pressures on
her within the institute were in-
tense—"I think you call it black-
mail." She managed to smuggle
out protest letters to the Israeli
government, and when one of them
was read over the Israeli Radio she
felt she was safe from Soviet har-
assment because of the public
knowledge of her case. She met
her future husband, a chemical-
plant laborer, in Riga and they
were married last Oct. 1. Both
she and his family had applied of-
ten and unsuccessfully for exit
visas for IsraeL
When Mrs. Rusinek's application
was finally approved—to remove a
thorn in the Kremlin's side, she
believed—it was on condition that
her husband remain. They decided
that if she left ib might make it
easier for him to leave eventually
too. "I hope it was the right thing

(to do)," she said. Her older sister
"doesn't have the desire to leave
now," but as far as young Soviet
Jewry is concerned: "They're not
afraid. They're tired of waiting.
How many years can they wait?"
The tragic situation of the
Jews in the Soviet Union war-
rants top priority on the agenda
of the world community, Rabbi
Israel Miller, president of the
American Zionist Federation,
said. Presenting his views to the
AZF executive council, be stated
that the trials in Leningrad and
the death sentences which were
handed down bat later commuted
"are but one manifestation of-a
ruthless program by the Soviet
government to obliterate- the
Jewishness of 3,000,000 of its
citizens."
Rabbi Kahane had announced
that JDL was calling an "indefinite
moratorium" on further harass.
ments but warned that it would re-
vert to that policy "if we don't see
any results." In another statement
Rabbi Kahane said the JDL will
conduct a consumer boycott against
products of American companies
doing business with the Soviet
Union and would conduct "non-
violent actions" against organiza-
tions engaged in cultural exchange
programs with the Soviet Union.
Rabbi Miller observed that the
"most unhappy consequence of vio-
lent tactics" is that is aids the So-
viet Union "in diverting attention
away from the fact that Jews of all
political and ideological persua-
sions—as well as numerous Christ-
ians—are actively denouncing the
Soviet persecution of Jews." It
permits, he added,- the Soviet au-
thorities "to act aa - if only Zionist
thugs and hoodlums are involved
instead of being forced to face the
reality that the entire Jewish com-
mtmity is involved, as well as mil-
lions of non-Jews throughout the
world including leading Commun-
ists, in a unified denunciation of
the Soviet Union."
Rabbi Miller also denounced the
references to Zionism in the gov-
ernment-controlled Soviet press and
attempts to make Zionism "the
scapegoat for, all that is wrong
with Soviet policy. Their attacks on
Zionism becloud the true issues,
and to perverted minds encourages
attitudes and acts of anti-Semitism.
To them, anti-Zionism has become
the code word for anti-Semitism."

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