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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-08-06

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20 Friday, August 6, 1976

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Hungarian Jews Score State TV

BUDAPEST (JTA) — state organ, namely, the
For the first time in its state-controlled Hunga-
history the Hungarian rian television network.
Jewish community paper The Jewish paper rap-
Uj Elet has attacked a ped the TV for having
portrayed a former SS
member of Hungarian
Israelis Thwart origin
as "a poor victim of
Terrorist Effort circumstances. - The TV
TEL AVIV (JTA) — Is- program depicted the
raeli forces clashed With man's life and how he
terrorists early this week eventually found himself
on the shores of the Dead an SS member and re-
Sea near the new settle- pented after the war.
ment of Kalia.
The Jewish paper de-
An army spokesman plored the 20-minute
said two terrorists cros- pro.gram and asked:
sed the Dead Sea from "How is it possible that a
Jordan towards Israel former SS member could
using an improvised raft. obtain favorable public-
An Israeli patrol spot- ity in a Socialist state?"
ted two figures in the
water and called on them
to come out. One of the England U. Cites
two terrorists signalled
that he was coming out Composer Copland
and at the same time the LONDON — AmeriCan
other opened fire on the composer Aaron Copland
patrol. The patrol opened will receive an honorary
fire killing one and injur- doctorate of music Oct. 18
ing the other. at Leeds University.
There were Israeli Copland will be in
casualties. The raft was Leeds to conduct the BBC
found to contain explo- Symphony Orchestra in a
sive materials, hand gre- Bicentennial concert as
nades, ammunition and part of the annual Leeds
two Kalachnikoff rifles. Musical Festival.


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Academicians Refuse to Meet Soviet Scientists
Until Russians Obey Spirit of Free Exchange

NEW YORK (JTA) — In
a letter made public Tues-
day, the chairmen of the
departments of computer
science, physics chemistry,
geochemistry, mathematics,
and the institute for fluid
dynamics at the University
of Maryland stated that
they would refuse to receive
Soviet scientists participat-
ing in an international ex-
change program until the
Soviet Union exhibits a will-
ingness to live up to the
principles of free scientific
exchange.
The letter, addressed to
Dr. Allen H. Kassof, execu-
tive director of the Interna-
tional Research and Ex-
changes Board (IREX)
which coordinates the ex-
change program, called at-
tention to the case of Prof.
Benjamin Levich as "an il-
lustration of the discourage-
ment of free exchange of
scientists by the Soviet gov-
ernment."
Levich, a corresponding
member of the USSR Aca-
demy of Sciences who has
been repeatedly denied per-
mission to emigrate to Is-
rael, was invited by the uni-
versity's physics depart-
ment in September 1974 for
several months of teaching
and scholarly seminars.
The six department
chairmen noted that by
preventing Levich from
accepting the invitation
the Soviet government was
denying many American
scientists the possibility of
engaging in free scientific
exchange with him.
Soviet refusenik-scien-
tists have long held that
their situation would be
greatly aided if western
scientists would put cooper-

Prisoner of Conscience Leib Khanokh, right, shown
in a photo brought out from the Perm labor camp, was
sentenced to 10 years at the Leningrad trial for seeking
to reach Israel, according to the Student Struggle for
Soviet Jewry. His dream has been fulfilled by his son
Yigal whom he has never seen, who stands at the West-
ern Wall in Jerusalem.

well as for "increased ex-
change and visits ... among
scientists."
The letter was signed by
Dr. Joseph T. Vanderslic,
chemistry department;
Dr. Isidore Adler, division
of geochemistry; Dr. Jack
Minker, department of
comparative sciences; Dr.
J. K. Goldhaber, depart-
ment of mathematics; Dr.
Alex J. Dragt, department
of physics; and Dr. Helmut
Landsberg, director of the
institute for fluid dynam-
ics and applied mathemat-
ics.
The committee of con-
cerned scientists is made up
of more than 40,000 U.S.
scientists. An independent
national organization, the
committee is committed to
constructive action on be-
half of colleagues in the
USSR and elsewhere who
are denied their fundamen-
International Figures to Speak tal scientific and human
rights.
at Hadassah's 62nd Conclave
In Ambler, Pa., protest
demonstrations against the
NEW YORK — Sir fashion show from Israel continued harassment of
Harold Wilson, Joseph will be previewed on Soviet Jews ended as the So-
Sisco, Haim Zadok, Israel opening day. The collec- viet festival of music and
Minister of Justice, and tion, designed and exe- dance appeared at the Tem-
Simcha Dinitz, Israel cuted by students at the
Ambassador to the U.S., Hadassah Seligsberg / ple University Music Festi-
are among the interna- Brandeis Comprehensive v,a1 here.
Members of the Soviet
tionally noted speakers High School, in
who will address Hadas- Jerusalem,
features Jewry Council of the Jew-
sah's 62nd annual Na- evening wear, daytime ish Community Relations
Council of Greater Philadel-
tional Convention Aug. dresses and sports attire.
phia held banners and dis-
15-18 at the Washiongton
tributed literature at all
Hilton Hotel.
four performances.
Sir Harold will receive , New Israel Medal
At the demonstration,
the Henrietta Szold Depicts Entebbe
Joseph Smukler and
Award, Hadassah's high-
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Stuart Wurtman, co-
est award.
About 2,500 delegates, The board of governors of chairman of the Soviet
representing more than the Government Medals Jewry Council, presented
350,000 members from and Coin Corp. decided to a statement to Johnson
every state of the Union, issue gold, silver and Ashley, manager of the
including Puerto Rico, bronze medals com- Russian performing com-
will attend the four-day memorating the Entebbe pany, urging the Soviet
convention which will operation.
government to end its im-
The decision to issue a prisonment of more than
elect a new president this
year. Mrs. Rose Matzkin medal came after the 40 Soviet Jewish prisoners
is completing her fourth Bank of Israel refused to of conscience. Copies of
approve a coin, arguing
and final one-year term.
the statement in English
In addition to hearing that by the time the coin and Russian were pro-
reports, projecting plans, would be issued, it would vided for all troupe mem-
no longer cause interest.
voting budgets and quotas
Three thousand gold bers.
and participating in semi-
Smukler and Wurtman
nars and workshops, the medals will be issued at
$350 each, 5,000 gold said the demonstrations
delegates will hear ad-
medals at $175 each, 5,000 were not staged to protest
dresses by authorities in
the field of Hadassah's silver medals at $500 the appearance of the -Rus-
interests: each, 7,000 silver medals sians. Rather, they were
special
at $250 each and a bronze aimed at calling attention to
medicine, youth and a free
medal will be issued the plight of Soviet Jews
press.
denied the right to emigrate
The new Hadassah shortly.

ation with Soviet colleagues
on a quid pro quo basis and
insist on strict enforcement
of the principles of free
scientific exchange.
The chairmen also agreed
to periodically review their
policy and adjust it to Soviet
actions. Were Levich al-
lowed to visit the university,
the six would consider it a
demonstration of true inter-
est in free exchange on the
part of the USSR.
The Maryland scientists
contended that their un-
usual action is in the spirit
of the Helsinki Act which
was signed last August by
35 nations including the
United States and the
USSR. The accord called for
"the improvement of oppor-
tunities for the exchange
and dissemination of scien-
tific information ..." as

and the right to practice
their religion in freedom.
Meanwhile, a wheelbar-
row loaded with petitions
signed by 100,000 Ameri-
cans urging freedom for
Soviet Jews was rolled to
the front door of the Soviet
Mission to the United Na-
tions last week in a demon-
stration protesting the
USSR's failure to adhere to
the principles of the Hel-
sinki agreement.
The petition, addressed to
Soviet Communist Party
Secretary Leonid I. Brezh-
nev, calls for freeing all Jew-
ish prisoners of conscience
incarcerated in labor camps
and prisons for their desire
to leave for Israel; forbid-
ding all existing forms of
persecution of Jews, who
have expressed the wish to
unite with their families
and their own people; and
allowing the "refuseniks" to
leave the Soviet Union and
emigrate.
In New York, a year-
long research effort by
Student Struggle for So-
viet Jewry volunteers has
culminated in the publica-
tion of three major directo-
ries—Russian Jewish
"refuseniks", their chil-
dren, and the prisoners of
conscience.
The "refusenik" directory
lists Russian Jewish activ-
ists' names, addresses, ages,
family and profession. The
POC directory details name,
arrest, trial and sentencing
data, and their families in
the USSR and Israel. A
sample labor camp diet is
shown, and names and ad-
dresses of Soviet officials to
whom to protest are listed.
All three directories give
instructions on how to write
letters to the USSR.
The three directories are
available free in single cop-
ies from the Student Strug-
gle for Soviet Jewry, 200 W.
72nd St., suites 30-31, New
York, N.Y. 10023,
(212-799-8900).
It was reported that pris-
oner of conscience Lazar
Liubarsky was released
from prison at the end of his
sentence last month, after
serving four years.
(See related stories
on Back Page.)

Soviet Jewry Alert
at Ballet Stopped

The Detroit Committee
for Soviet Jewry recently
was thwarted when it tried
to distribute literature at a
Pine Knob presentation of
the Moiseyev Ballet. The lit-
erature protested the treat-
ment of Jews in the Soviet
Union.
As a result of being pre-
vented from alerting the
public on the plight of the
Soviet Jews, Gerald Rogers
of the DCSJ warned that "a
part of every dollar you
spend to see any Russian
artist perform goes to sup-
port the oppresive Soviet
system, the labor camps and
mental institutions for dis-
sidents and the salaries of
the KGB (secret police)."

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