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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-12-10

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Soviet Family Brought to Detroit I

Two cousins separated fi•st by
war, then by Soviet government
restriction, were reunited Wednes-
day morning at Metropolitan Air-
port—the culmination of a 2kz-year
effort by a Detroit man and a
Jewish agency.
Abraham Lachmanovitch. his
wife Ruchla and 20-year-old soh
Zilik completed their journey from
the Soviet Union with a tearful
welcome from Mr. Lachmano-
witch's cousin Joseph - Klein, and
Mrs. Klein, of Wayland Ave.,
Southfield.
On hand were representatives of
the Jewish Resettlement Service,
local affiliate of the United HIAS
Service, which had helped Klein
bring his cousin here.
The airport welcoming commit-
tee included Alan Schwartz, presi-
dent of the Jewish Welfare Fed-
eration; Paul liandleman, co-
chairman of the Allied Jewish
Campaign; Hubert Sidlow, presi-
dent of the Jewish Community
Council; Dan Berk, co-chairman
of the Council's subcommittee on
Soviet Jewry; Samuel Lerner, di-
rector of the Resettlement Service;
and staff members of both Fed-
eration and Resettlement Service.
Mrs. Philip Marcuse, a board
member of the latter agency, pre-
sented a bouquet to Mrs. Lach-
manovitch.
Resettlement Service staff had
assisted Klein from the beginning
in composing the required letter
of invitation, translating it into
Russian and filling out visa ap-
plication forms. HIAS, in New
York, made the arrangements to
bring the family here.
The Lachmanovitches are from
Vinogradov, in the Carpathian
district of the USSR, which was
ceded from Czechoslovakia after
the war.
Klein had not seen his cousin,
who is 51, since the two were
children in Czechoslovakia. When
the Second World War broke
out, Lachmanovitch was taken
as a slave laborer, and Klein
was interned in a concentration
camp. Coincidentally, just as
HIAS is now helping Lachmano-
vitch, it was instrumental in
bringing Klein, an orphan, to
the United States 23 years ago.
After the war, Lachmanovitch
settled in Vinogradov, a city of
20,000. Thee, he married and rear-
ed a son and daughter. Her wed-
ding took place in December, and
he hopes to bring her, her hus-
band and child here.
Lachmanovitch, who has worked
as a flour miller, has some knowl-
edge of Yiddish, Russian, German,
Hungarian and Czechoslovakian—
the latter languages reflecting the
various occupations under which
he has lived. His son, a teacher
of guitar, speaks Yiddish, Russian,
German and a little English.
Among the difficulties faced by

Militant Leftist Sought
in Attack on Soustelle

PARIS (JTA) — French Police
are looking for several militant
leftist students who attacked and
injured former French Cabinet
Minister Jacques Soustelle, on the
University of Caen campus.
French police sources-disclosed
that, they soon expect to arrest sev-
eral members of extremist leftist
organizations which are active on
the Caen campus.
Soustelle was due to give an
address on Israel. Shortly before
his arrival, leftist students oc-
cupied the hall in which the con-
ference was due to be held. Upon
Soustelle's arrival, a fight broke
out and the former minister was
attacked. He was taken to a hos-
pital for treatment of his injuries.
Soustelle is well known for his
pro-Israeli views„ He is also a
contested political personality in
France.

HIAS in arranging for the Lach-
manovitches to leave the Soviet
Union was the fact that he had
no blood relative here. However,
in February, Moscow finally agreed
to the family's exit, and they left
in August. Because the Lachmano-
vitches couldn't meet the blood
relative ruling, it was arranged for
them to get a visa to''France.
There, they were processed as
regular immigrants to the U.S.
Klein said his cousin refrained
from participating in any protest
demonstAtions for fear it would
jeopardize his chances to leave.
However, the publicity attendant
to the now-historic Brussels Con-
ference on Soviet Jewry appears
to have had its effect on Soviet
policy. "HIAS' timing was per-
fect," said Klein.
Now that Resettlement Service
has brought the family to Detroit,
its work is not over. Samuel Ler-
ner, executive director, said hous-
ing has been found near the Jewish
Center, where the family will
study English. The agency also
will care for them financially until
they are on their feet, and will

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supply them with food, clothing
and other needs. Any medical as-
sistance will be handled through i
Sinai Hospital and Shiffman Clinic, ,
and the Jewish Vocational Service
will help Lachmanovitch find a
job.

Friday, December 10, 1971-11
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