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December 12, 1980 - Image 27

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-12-12

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3 Leningrad Trial Defendants
Still Languish in Soviet Prison

NEW YORK — Ten years
after their trial on charges
of treason, when their only
crime was a desire to emi-
grate to Israel, three Soviet
Jews are languishing in
Soviet prisons.
They are Yosef Men-
delevich, Yuri Federov and
Alexei Murzhenko, who
with eight other Soviet
Jews were tried in a closed
Leningrad courtroom 10
years ago Monday. The
other eight have completed
their sentences or have been
'eleased early.
Mendelevich, an obser-
WILLIAM BRODHEAD
vant Jew, has been sub-
rent
conditions sur-
jected to the most extreme
persecution due to his at- rounding Soviet Jews.
"The level of emigration
tempts to practice Jewish
from the Soviet Union drop-
traditions.
Meanwhile, at the Hel- ped dramatically this year,
sinki Conference in Mad- after peaking at over 50,000
rid, Rivka Drori, Men- in 1979. At the same time,
delevich's sister, lit a many reports indicate that
candle in honor of her the level of anti-Semitism
brother. Max Kampel- and political repression has
man, U.S. emissary to the increased. Such reports, and
conference, lit candles the recent arrest of the sci-
entist Viktor Brailovsky,
for the other two.
Under the auspices of the form an ominous backdrop
Union of Councils for Soviet to the ongoing Madrid con-
Jews, Kampelman called ference on the progress of
long-term refusniks Dr. the Helsinki Accords.
"I am pleased that the
Alexander Lerner and Abe
Stolar during a Hanuka United States has taken a
candlelighting ceremony at strong stand in support of
human rights at Madrid. I
the conference.
am hopeful that the cause of
In a related development,
human rights will not fall
Dr. William Korey, director from the high place it has
of international policy re- achieved in our nation's
search of Bnai Brith, gave a foreign policy over the past
report of developments at -four years. I will be continu-
the Madrid meeting.
ing my own efforts both to
Korey, an international draw attention to the prob-
authority on Soviet Jewish lem and to work for the re-
affairs and human rights, lease of families and indi-
told an audience at a Bnai
viduals who have been re-
Brith luncheon that "pro-
fused permission to emi-
gress has been made" and grate."
"Madrid has achieved an
Four generations of Rus-
historic breakthrough."
sian
Jews who have arrived
Korey said he felt that
the conference was suc- recently from Kishinev,
cessful because Soviet ef- attended a morning service
forts to keep human at Shaarey Zedek on
rights off the agenda Thanksgiving Day at which
Mikhael Stern, son of Anna
were defeated.
He noted that the cases of and Simone Stern, became
nine of the foremost refus- Bar Mitzva.
niks and prisoners-of-
conscience in the Soviet
Union were mentioned in
specific discussions; the
presence of the wives and
TEL AVIV — Israeli
mothers of the prisoners at
the conference; and the ,_ Arab political leaders and
huwer strike by Jews in several leftwing Jewish
several Soviet cities that Knesset members joined in
coincided with the confer- a peaceful demonstration
here Saturday to protest the
ence opening.
He also said it had been government's ban of an
an important objective of "Arab Congress" that was to
the U.S. to link Spain, the have taken place in
Nazareth.
host country, with NATO.
"Spain is not part of
The demonstration, held
NATO and it was important in a local theater, heard
to the U.S. government to Meir Payil of the Sheli fac-
involve Spain in a direct tion call the ban "stupid and
way; to isolate the Soviet wicked." Communist MK
Union and to establish Meir Wilner noted that
rather clearly and distinctly many Jews and Arabs in Is-
that there would be a third rael believe that a separate
review conference from Palestinian state on` the
which the Sol/let Union West Bank and Gaza Strip
cannot escape," Korey said.
would provide' a peaceful
In Washington; on the solution of the Arab-Israeli
occasion of a hunger conflict.
strike begun by Soviet
Jewish refusniks at the
Fire and sword are but
opening of the Madrid slow engines of destruction
assembly, Congressman in comparison with the bab-
William Brodhead (D- bler.
Mich.) described the cur-,
—Steele

Rabbi Irwin Groner and
humorist Max Sosin spoke
to the Bar Mitzva and his
family of the significance of
the occasion. For. Ahem, it
was the fulfillment of a
dream.
It had been Mikhael's
grandfather's wish before
he died that Mikhael be-
come Bar Mitzva. Mikhael's
90-year-old great-
grandmother recited all the
prayers from memory.
Leonard Baron, who with
his brother Irving and their
mother, Mrs. Marion Baron,
observed the yahrzeit of
their late father and hus-
band, Morris, hosted a
brunch in honor of the
Sterns.

* * *

In Absentia

The Bar Mitzva in absen-
tia of Soviet Jew Vladmir
Fradkin will be marked at
8:30 p.m. Shabat services
today at Temple- Beth El.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, December 12, 1980 2/

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