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December 01, 1978 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-12-01

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Friday, December 1, 1918 7

Leviches Get Exit Visa; Roitburd Still Held by Soviets -

Soviet Jewry groups con-
firmed reports from the
Soviet Union that Benjamin
Levich, a leading physical
chemist, and his wife, have
been given permission to
emigrate after six years of
The Levich's sons,
Yevgeny and Alexander,
were given permission to
leave in 1975.
Meanwhile, the Soviet
non has reneged on a
,iomise it made to Sen. Ed-
ward Kennedy (D-Mass.) in
September and has decided
not to grant an exit visa to
Lev Roiburd, according to
information received by the
National Conference on
Soviet Jewry.

In a related develop-
ment, Igor and Yanella
Gudz are in the middle of
an emigration struggle
with the Soviet Union.
One year after applying
to emigrate, Mrs. Gudz
was given permission to
leave, but her husband
was denied a visa. Now
pregnant and living in
the U.S., Mrs. Gudz
threatens to deliver her
baby on the steps of the
Soviet Embassy in Wash-
ington if the Soviets re-
fuse to grant her husband
a visa.

Speaking on behalf of the
women's plea for Soviet
Jewry to be marked Dec. 11
in 80 cities throughout the
U.S. will be Mrs. Feiga

Shkolnik and Aliza, wife
and daughter of Isaak
Shkolnik, a Soviet Jew serv-
ing a seven-yea• sentence at
hard labor on a charge of
treason. The Shkolniks are
touring the U.S. under the
auspices of the National
Conference on Soviet
In New York, speaking at
the third annual Leader-
ship Assembly of the
Greater New York Confer-
ence on Soviet Jewry
(GNYCSJ), two leading
Jewish Sovietologists dif-
fered on the most effective
strategy for aiding Soviet
Jews. The speakers spoke
on their own behalf, and
were met with much opposi-
tion from members of the
Marshall Goldman, asso-
ciate director of the Russian
Studies Center at Harvard,
urged "flexibility" in
dealings with the Soviets
which are linked to the goal
of increasing Jewish emig-
ration from the USSR.

tee, noted that if the upward
trend in Soviet Jewish
emigration continues,
"some positive response
may be warranted."
However, Richard Pipes,
a professor of Russian his-
tory at Harvard, urged ac-
tivists on behalf of Soviet
Jews to focus their efforts
more on obtaining greater
religious and cultural
rights for Jews who remain
in the USSR..
Against the feelings of
the majority of the partici-
pants, he also advocated
Soviet Jewish ties with the
Soviet dissident movement,
both because a regime
headed by today's dissidents
may one day rule the USSR
and because Jews are any-
way already active in the
dissident movement:

It also was reported
that the emigration of
Jews from the Soviet
Union to the west is now
at its highest level, ac-
cording to Ralph I.
Goldman, executive vice
president of the Joint
Distribution Committee.

Specifically, Goldman
argued that when Mos-
cow liberalizes its policy
on Jewish emigration, as
is presently the case, the
U.S. should "reward"
such -a tendency by offer-
ing the USSR modest
trade concessions.

In Montreal it was
learned that some 1,700
people attended the world
premiere of the play, "The
Trial of Anatoly
Shcharansky," at the Uni-
versity of Toronto as part of
a nationwide series of mock
trials and rallies during Sol-
idarity Day with the Jewish
activist who was sentenced

Echoing Goldman's call
for flexibility, Rep. Benja-
min Rosenthal (D-N.Y.), a
member of the House Inter-
national Affairs Commit-

last July by a Moscow court
to 13 years for treason,
three years in jail and the
remaining 10 in a "strict re-
gime" labor camp.
The play was based on the
1,000-page appeal brief pre-
sented by McGill Univer-
sity constitutional law pro-
fessor Irving Cotler, to the
Soviet Ambassador in Ot-
tawa after the sentencing of
The play was produced by
the Canadian Bureau of the
North American Jewish
Students Network, under

* * *

Students Focus
on Soviet Jews

The Jewish Student
Organization at Oakland
University will sponsor a
lecture on "Soviet Prisoners
of Conscience" noon Thurs-
day in Gold Room C of the
Oakland Center.
Dr. Zvi Gitelman, associ-
ate professor of political sci-
ence at the University of
Michigan and associate of
the Center for Russian and
Eastern European Studies,
will speak on "After the
Trials: Is There a Future for
Soviet Jews?"
Co-sponsors are the de-
partments of history, area
studies and political sci-
The group has "adopted"
a young Jewish activist in
Leningrad, Lev Furman.

the direction of Cynthia
Gunn and written by a
grou .)f law students in col-
laboration with Cotler. Stu-.
dents in Windsor also
enacted scenes from the
play at the Windsor Univer-
sity's moot court.


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