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July 21, 1978 - Image 21

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-07-21

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Friday, lily 21, 1918 21

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Riegle Denounces Soviet Trials

and comfort to a Soviet
regime that would de-
vour its own people.

(Editor's note: The fol-
lowing statement by U.S.
Senator Donald W. Riegle
Jr. (D-Mich.) was deli-
vered on the Senate floor
on July 11 to protest the
trials in the Soviet Union
of Anatoly Shcharansky
and Alexander
Ginzburg.)

By SENATOR RIEGLE

What citizen of the world
can remain silent in the face
of the unjustified and will-
ful persecution by the
Soviet Union of Messrs.
Shcharansky and

Ginzburg?
I rise today as one who
has spent some 12 years
here in the U.S. Congress. I
consider myself an inter-
nationalist — and one who
has long supported U.S. ef-
forts at detente. I prefer to
see harmonious and produc-
tive relations between the
U.S. and the USSR.
But today's trials in the
Soviet Union of human
rights activists
Shcharansky and Ginzburg
show a blind bureaucratic
savagery that makes a
mockery of a detente that
would be both dependable
and decent.
I am outraged to see the
abuse of power by the lead-
ers of the Soviet Union in
using the unrestrained
force of the state in an at-
tempt to terrorize and in-
timidate these two men.
They have committed the
crime of daring to speak the
truth and to ask their coun-
try to obey its own laws and
international commit-
ments. For this, they face
the prospect of a brutal im-
prisonment and even death.

What sick and twisted
bureaucratic midgets
demand and carry out
these fraudulent trials?
The dead heroes of Rus-
sian history would be
sickened and ashamed to
see their state become a
monster; one so empty
and paranoid that it can-
not stand the threat
posed by the dissenting
voice of a single indi-
vidual.

How great the irony that
the strength of Russian his-
tory and the Russian people
is represented today by two
men of conscience standing
alone, threatened by the
crushing force of a Soviet'
government that has be-
come a monster of deceit
and retribution by its be-
havior-with these trials.
This Senator sees only
one Soviet government
today — and it stands in
shame for its role in these
phony trials now under
way. What value is one to
place on the pledges and
guarantees of a government
of this sort?
What is the meaning and
value of the word of the
Soviet government when it
comes to international ar-
rangements? What can one
expect from Soviet pledges
concerning the Helsinki Ac-
cords, or a possible SALT
agreement? How can they
mean any more than the
guarantees the Soviet
Union makes to its owr).

SENATOR RIEGLE

people — its own national
flesh and blood?

I cannot imagine a
SALT treaty I could sup-
port with a nation that
terrorizes its own people.
I cannot see the value of
an expanded trading re-
lationship with a gov-
ernment that brutalizes
dissenters who act within
the bounds of the Soviet
Constitution. I am
ashamed of the conduct
of the Soviet government
and I must urge my own
government to do no-
thing that would give aid

If the Soviet government
insists in these willful per-
secutions of innocent people
— if it continues to violate
the basic international
standards of human de-
cency and elemental justice
— it will be left alone as an
isolated and despised gov-
ernment bent on self-
destruction.
The strength of the Rus-
sian people over the cen-
turies is to be found today —
not in the governmental
midgets hidden in the
Kremlin pinning medals on
each other — but in the
Russian patriots
Shcharansky and Ginzburg
who ask that their govern-
ment honor its own laws.
These men and their
families are not alone.
This is one Senator who is
unprepared to strengthen
the hand of the oppressors
in the Soviet government in
any way — and I intend to
fully reflect these feelings
in each and every policy
question I am able to act
upon here in the Senate.

Milgrom to Head Stag Day
for 1978 Campaign Workers

Myron L. Milgrom has
been appointed chairman of
the Detroit Service Group's
annual Stag Day, DSG
President Arthur Howard
has announced.
The day set aside to honor
Allied Jewish Campaign
— Israel Emergency Fund
volunteers is scheduled for
Sept. 7 at Knollwood Coun-
try Club.
Milgrom was chairman of
the Stag Day prizes and
awards committee in 1977.
He was 1978 vice chairman
MYRON MILGROM
of Pre-Campaign and co-
chairman of the Real Estate budgeting and planning di-
and Building Trades Divi- vision.
President of Hillel Day
sion during previous Cam-
Scholarship
paigns. He serves on the School
Jewish Welfare Federa- Foundation, Milgrom
tion's Community Services also is a member of the

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once said, that reports of his
death were premature. But
he thanked Chancellor
Helmut Schmidt, neverthe-
less, for his warm eulogy.
The incident began when
Meroz cancelled an ap-
pointment to meet the gov-
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Milgrom is in the leader-
ship of both the National -
Federation of Jewish Men's
Clubs and the Detroit Chap-
ter of American Technion
Society. He is a member of
the Detroit Real Estate
Board and the Economic
Club of Detroit.
Stag Day activities in-
clude golf, tennis, buffet
lunch and an awards din-
ner. The DSG Loving Cup
will be presented to the
1978 Campaign division
which has shown the largest
percentage of increased con-
tributions during that
drive.
The day is open by invita-
tion only to workers on be-
half of the 1978 AJC-IEF.
Detroit Service Group is
the year-round organiza-
tion for workers in the
AJC-IEF. For information,
contact Harold Berke at the
DSG office, 965-3939.

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