100%

Scanned image of the page. Keyboard directions: use + to zoom in, - to zoom out, arrow keys to pan inside the viewer.

Page Options

Share

Something wrong?

Something wrong with this page? Report problem.

Rights / Permissions

The University of Michigan Library provides access to these materials for educational and research purposes. These materials may be under copyright. If you decide to use any of these materials, you are responsible for making your own legal assessment and securing any necessary permission. If you have questions about the collection, please contact the Bentley Historical Library at bentley.ref@umich.edu

April 18, 1975 - Image 13

Resource type:
Text
Publication:
The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-04-18

Disclaimer: Computer generated plain text may have errors. Read more about this.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Soviets to End USSR Jewish Activist Movement

NEW YORK (JTA) — The
Soviet government has de-
cided to "put an end" to the
Jewish activist movement in
the USSR and as .a result,
"now is the worst time for
Soviet Jewish activists in
the last five years."
Viktor Polsky, one of the
founders and earliest lead-
ers of Jewish activism in the
USSR, who immigrated re-
cently to Israel and who
claims to , have maintained .
very close contacts with his
Jewish activist friends in
the Soviet Union, gave this
assessment of Soviet Jewry,
charging that the Soviet
decision has brought
reater restriction and
stepped-up harassment of
Jews who wish to immi-
grate to Israel.
Addressing a press con-
ference at the American
Jewish Committee, spon-
sored by the National Con-
ference on Soviet Jewry, the
45-year-old physicist who
struggled for six years be-
fore he, his wife and daugh-
ter were permitted to leave
for Israel, said that the
trend toward. greater re-
strictions on Jews by the So-
viet, government started in
1974. This included not only
restrictions on issuing visas
but also restriction on the
initial act -of application for
a 'visa to emigrate, he said.
To illustrate the dra-
matic decline in the nuth-
ber of Jews receiving per-
mission to leave for Israel,
Polsky pointed out that
while in December 1974,
some 1,400 Jews were
exit visas, only 800
Jews were permitted to
leave for Israel last month.
"We fear that no more
than 15,000 Jews will be
allowed to come to Israel
this year," Polsky said.
According to Polsky, the
new methods of harassment
include trying demonstra-
tors (a tactic that was not
used in the past), isolating
Jewish activists by discon-
necting their phones, trying
Jews on criminal charges
which have nothing to do
with their activities, and
dismissing Jews from their
jobs and then bringing them
to court on charges of paras-
itism.
Polsky read a message
from activists in the USSR
who expressed fear that
soon the Soviets will succeed
in isolating the activists
"and the world will hear
only the Soviet authorities."
They called on Jews and
non-Jews all over the world
to unite "to save Soviet Je-
wry."
Polsky and his wife,
Elena, expressed their grati-
tude to the press in the
West, which, according to
them, was instrumental in
their exit to freedom. Pol-
sky and his wife will be here
for three weeks, speaking in
various cities to further the
cause of Soviet Jews.
Meankvhile, the greater
New _York Conference on
Soviet Jewry reported it
had received an appeal
signed by 100 Soviet Jews
urging that action be
taken to create a special
international commission
to investigate "the viola-
tions of human rights in

the USSR in connection
with Jewish emigration to
Israel." ,
The appeal said such an
international commission
was nealed "to investigate
legal and moral aspects of
these violations, to make
them public, to publicize the
struggle for free Jewish'
emigration from the
USSR:"
The appeal cited a contin-
uing campaign of "threats
and oppressions" against
Soviet Jews seeking to emi-
grate, culmina,ting in "a
complete suppression of all
possible communications
with the West" affecting
telephones, mail and media.
Viktor Stern, son of Dr.
Mikhail Stern, was threat-
ened with arrest on "par-
asitism" charges by Soviet
police,. it was learned by the –
Greater New York Confer-
ence on Soviet Jewry.

Dr. Stern, sentenced to
eight years in hard labor is
now in a Vinnitsa prison
awaiting transfer to a So-
viet labor camp. In a fur-
ther attempt to isolate Di
Stern from his family and
friends, his wife Ida was
told by militia officials
that Viktor would find
himself in the same situa-
tion as his father if he did
not find employment.

'The physicist 'brothers,
noted for their continued
defiance of Soviet authori-
ties since they applied
more than 31/2 years ago to
emigrate evidently will be
chaFged for anti-Soviet
activities, including dis-
seminating false or slan-
derous information about
the USSR.
On March 22, KGB offi-
cers warned the Goldsteins
not to leave Tibilisi and two
days later prevented them
from boarding a flight to
Moscow where they were to
join a demonstration by
Jewish activists.
On April 3 and 5, the
brothers were summoned to
the KGB, where they were
formally warned, in writ-
ing, that they were "slan-
dering Soviet reality" by
communicating, with the
West and seeking to demon-
strate, and thus constituted
a "threat to the :security of
the USSR".

"Only because of your
friends in the West you are
hot in jail yet," they were
told. The pair refused to
sign a statement renouncing
their desire to emigrate.
On Apiil 7, the warning
and "evidence" were sent
to the local prosecutor's
office. The next 'day they
told the Detroit Committee

Friday, April 18, 1975 13

- We Make Our 01.4n Glasses

they faced up to seven
years' imprisonment, fol-
lowed by five years' exile.
The brothers declared:
"Our spirits are high. We
feel quite innocent of any
criminal action. Our only
crime is that we have been,
for almost 31/2 years, wait-
ing for permission to repa-
triate in Israel. We hope
that our numerous friends
in the West will do their
utmost to save us from im-
prisonment."

HEADQUARTERS FOR
• LATEST DOMESTIC AND
IMPORTED FRAME FASHIONS

• PRESCRIPTIONS FOR GLASSES
ACCURATELY FILLED



• Reasonably Priced

Immediate Repair

ROSEN OPTICAL SERVICE

13720 W. 9 MILE nr. COOLIDGE

OAK PARK, MICH.

LI 7-5068

Hours: Daily and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Closed Wednesday

TAMAROFF GIVES

UNBEATABLE DEALS

ON

NEW BUICKS - OPELS - HONDAS

• LEASING — ALL MAKES • GUARANTEED USED CARS

• DAILY RENTAL

• SERVICE

• MOTOR-HOMES

' • BODY SHOP—AAA RATED

TAMAROFF

TELEGRAPH NR. 12 MI

BUICK
OPENDA
L HO

353-1300

The - Stern's younger son,
August, is now visiting the
United States in behalf of
his father.

In Tel Aviv, Alexander
and Yevgeny Levich, sons of
Prof. Benjamin Levich, have
arrived in Israel with a
group of immigrants from
the USSR.

In Michigan, Attorney
General Frank J. Kelley
sent a telegram to Soviet
Ambassador Anatoly Dob-
rynin calling for an end to
the harassment of Soviet
Jews.
The telegram reads:

"The arrest of. Soviet
Jews, in camera trials,
inordinately harsh sent-
ences, are clear indica-
tions that the Soviet Union
is treating many of its
Jewish citizens as political
prisoners because they
seek to emigrate.

"T=his conduct violates the
principles of the universal
declaration of human rights
to which your nation is a
signatory.

"Please convey to your
government my urgent hope
that it will stop all activities
which violate the human
rights of Soviet Jews. Fail-
ure to af ord Soviet citizens
of Jewish faith adequate
due process 'undermines the
ability of our two nations to
achieve a genuine detente."

f

The Detroit Committee
for Soviet Jewry, in a tele-
phone call to Russian Jew-
ish activists Tsai and Gri-
gory Goldstein, learned that
the brothers were issued a
warning by the KGB (Soviet
secret police) last week
based on an unpublished
edict of the presidium of the
Supreme Soviet dated Dec.
25, 1972.

Smart
money.

Smart money knows a
Certi-Book certificate at Metropolitan
gives ydu substantial earnings
when you're saving for something
in the future like a college
education for your children-.
The 7 1/2% Certi-Book* you open today,
with $1,000 or more,'
will earn that same rate for a full
four-year term.
For a bright future,
the smart choice is Metropolitan.

••

*Substantial interest penalty required
for early withdrawal

METROPOLITAN
SAVINGS

OPEN ALL DAY SATURDAY (except Cadillac Square)

Northwestern-Middle Belt/Van Dyke-20 Mile/W Warren-Hartwell
Southfield-14 Mile/Coolidge-Sherwood/Tel-Twelve Mall
7 Mile-Evergreen/7 Mile-Tracey/Cadillac Square
Greenfield-9 Mile/Van Dyke-23 Mile/Rochester Rd-Auburn

. Aga

Savings insured to $40,000 by the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation
.
......

Back to Top

© 2021 Regents of the University of Michigan