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November 23, 1973 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-11-23

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New Repression Is Feared Against Soviet Jews

intimidation of Soviet Jews,"
he continued. "In the begin-
ning we saw the imprison-
ment, of up to 15 days, on
minor charges, and the iso-
lating of Jews by disconnect-
ing phones. More ominous is
a series of trials just an-
nounced, in different parts
of the Soviet Union, aimed at
intimidating Jewish activists
and discouraging applicants
for emigration."
In what he termed a re-
turn to the mood prevailing
before the Nixon-Brezhnev
summit meeting in June,
Maass noted that the new
trails are "an affront to ef-
forts for detente." Especial-
ly significant rae the two tri-
However, the Soviet-sup- als of Soviet Jews on trump-
ported war against Israel ed-up charges, he stated.
"marked a new stage in the
One of them has been sen-
tenced to five years in a
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS forced labor camp. Petya
12—Friday, Nov. 23, 1973
Pinchasov of Derbent, on the
Caspian Sea, was tried Nov.
13. A NCSJ spokesman said
there was no information im-
mediately available as to the
charges on which he was sen-
It had been reported ear-
lier that Pinchasov, a car-
penter, was arrested on
cahrges of having done some
free-lance carpentry work
several years ago, and act
considered illegal in the
He was arrested after he
and his wife and six,children
received their visas and were
preparing to leave for Israel.
Irving Lober
His family arrived recently
Suite 202
in Israel.

National Conference on Sov-
iet Jewry reports that Soviet
authorities apparently used
the war in the Middle East
as a cover for the escalation
of harassment of Jewish ac-
Richard Maass, chairman
of the NCJS, stated that "pet-
ty harassment during the past
month had become the norm
for many Soviet Jews. The
beginning of new repression
is seen by Soviet Jews as
starting with the Arab ter-
orist attack on Soviet Jew-
ish emigrants aboard a Vien-
na-bound train in Czechoslo-


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already have threatened to
put him in the Pavlov phy-
chiatric hospital near Keiv.
Thus far, no attorney has
agreed to defend Feldman.
His friends are desperately
seeking one.
In another development re-
ported by the NCSJ, 13 Mos-
cow Jews warned that they
would protest by "all legal
means" if they do not receive
an answer to their visa appli-
cations by Dec. 1.
Maass also cited the case
of Saul Raslin, a 28-year-old
Kiev activist, who was put
under surveillance by the
KGB on Nov. 6 and who dis-
appeared that day and has
not been heard from.
Leonid Zabellshensky, 32,
of Sverdlovsk is now being
investigated on criminal
charges of alleged "parasit-
ism" having been unem-
ployed for several months.
He was an electrical engi-
neer who taught at the Ural
Polytechnic Institute in Sver-
Aleksandr Levinson of the
Moldavian SSR, is under in-
vestigation for "parasitism."
He applied for emigration in
1972 and renounced his citi-
zenship last August. A trial
is immenent, the NCSJ said.
The Student Struggle for
Soviet Jewry warned that an
upcoming "conspiracy" trial
forming against Moscow Jews
is "a deadly probe by the
Kremlin to see if it can pro-
ceed to decimate the Soviet
Jewish resistance movement
while Western attention is
focused on the problems of
the Mideast.
"The Soviet noose is slow-
ly being drawn around wom-
en activists Dina Beilina, an
engineer, and Tamara Gal-
perina, a translator. Other
activists such as Boris Or-
ley, David Azbel and Mark
Nashpitz might soon also be
in danger."
An SSSJ spokesman ex-
plained that on Oct. 1, So-
viet secret police raided the
apartment of a Moscow Jews,
A. I. Galich, confiscating

Soviet Jewish activists in
four Soviet cities went on a
hunger strike Monday to pro-
Protection of family is
test the trial of Alexsander
Feldman in Kiev. Feldman,
life's highest ideal, the
who had applied months ago
mainspring of a loving
for a visa to Israel, is charg-
populace. It is also the
ed with "malicious holligan-
ism." His trial was set for
Gleaners' prime purpose.
Monday. The NCSJ said the
Think about that.
24 hunger strikers in Mos-
cow, Leningrad, Novosibirsk
and Tblisi issued a statement
charging that Feldman was
brought to trial only because
of his desire to live in Israel.
On Oct. 18, authorities
searched his apartment and Cool Welcome to U.S.
1600 N. Woodward Ave. he was subsequently taken Ends Happily for 5
into custody and charged
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NEW YORK — Cali C, a
with assaulting an as-yet-
unidentified woman. Officials graduate in neurology, ar-
rived here from Romania
with his wife. two children
and mother-in-law — only to
have his suitcases stolen
while the family was being
reunited with relatives.
The day after their arrival,
when the newcomers check-
ed in with the New York
Association for New Ameri-
cans, they had to explain
that their clothing was stolen.
they would need more finan-
cial assistance than they had
But the migrant absorp-
tion agency, which assists
Jewish newcomers to the
New York City area with
United Jewish Appeal funds,
took the crisis in stride. In
addition to the standard
financial assistance given to
Most newcomers for living
World's Largest
expenses, NYANA provided
Mark IV-Continental
the C. family with a special
grant for clothing.
Next, NYANA set up ap-
pointments with Mr. and
Mrs. C. to determine whether
they needed help in finding
jobs. But both he and she,
who has a degree in bio-
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mi. Rd. chemistry, found employment
in New York City hospitals.
Shortly thereafter, they al-
ready had begun to plan re-
payment of the funds ad-
vanced by NYANA.





manuscripts about his 13
years in Russian labor
Galich's daughter - in - law,
Alla Miasoyedova, who was
staying in the apartment
since her husband was per-
mitted to leave for Israel,
has been repeatedly interro-
gated for hours on end by
the KGB to "confess" that
Dina Beilina, Tamara Gal-
perina and the others had
conspired to send these docu-
ments abroad.
Alla has sent out an ap-
peal: "Now I am told that if
I remain silent they will
question my sick, aged par-
ents—my father, 79, and my
mother, 72. My father is
now hospitalized from a
fourth heart attack. Every
minute I expect I'll be taken
away for questioning again.
I am afraid that under these
circumstances I will not be
able to state the truth for
long and will be forced to
agree to any version pre-
sented to me."
The SSSJ spokesman de-
clared that an ominous sign
is the disconnection of almost
all phone service between
Moscow activist Jews and
their friends in other regions
across the USSR.
Charles S. Zimmerman
revealed in New York that
the USRR was sending Aaron
Vergelis, editor of "Soviet
Homeland," to the U.S. "in
an attempt to placate the
American Jewish community
with regard to Soviet policies
against Jews."
Zimmerman told a Jewish
Labor Committee 40th anni-
versary luncheon audience
that "our information is that
the Soviets believe that by
sending him they will be able
to explain away Soviet re-
pression of Jews and Soviet
incursions into the Middle
Americans for Democratic
Action Backs Jackson-Mills
At its recent national board
meeting in Washington, the
Americans for Democratic
Action reaffirmed its support
of the Jackson-Mills/Vanik
Amendment and urged that
it be enacted by Congress.
"The harassment of Soviet
Jewry, the imprisonment of
many, the failure to treat
Jews by objective standards
are reason enough, but the
growth of the democratic
movement in the Soviet Un-
ion under the courageous
leadership of Sakharov and
Solzhenitsyn make passage
of Jackson-Mills/Vanik an im-
perative expression of Amer-
ica's moral leadership in the
world. We support `detent,'
but not at the cost of increas-
ing repression." the state-
ment said.
At yet another board meet.
ing of the ADA, Russia was
taken for violation of the
spirit of detente in supply-
ing Egypt and Syria with ad-
v i s e r s and sophisticated
arms, leading to an escala-
tion of hositilities.
The ADA urged the U.S. to
provide all the supplies Israel
required to survive the attack
and to use its good offices to
bring about an immediate
truce and direct negotiations
between Israel and Arab


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