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August 21, 1981 - Image 21

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-08-21

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Brezhnev Linked to Wallenberg's Arrest

TEL AVIV — A former
Soviet Army officer says
that Soviet President
Leonid Brezhnev was re-
sponsible for the kidnap-
ping of Swedish diplomat
Raoul Wallenberg during
World War II.
Yaakov
Leontevich
Menaker, a Soviet Jew who
emigrated to Israel two
years ago, told the daily
Yediot Aharonot he had
served in the same unit
which Brezhnev was the
olitical commissar.
The head of the political
section of the Soviet 18th
Army, Leonid Brezhnev,
who is today the president,
initiated, planned and was
responsible for the kidnap-
ping of Wallenberg in
Budapest in 1945," he said.
The diplomat, who
helped thousands of
Jews leave Hungary and
avoid imprisonment in
Nazi concentration
camps, disappeared after
being arrested by Soviet
troops. The Soviets claim

RAOUL WALLENBERG

In Sweden, a spokesman
for the Raoul Wallenberg
Association said it had
known for six months that
Brezhnev had headed the
political section of the 18th
Army.
But she said the group
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Menaker said he had
obtained much of his in-
formation from his fellow
officers in the 571st bat-
talion of the 18th Army.
He said these officers had
participated in Wallen-
berg's arrest and abduc-
tion, commanded by a .
Captain Aminayev, who
was decorated for his
part in the operation.
"Brezhnev's soldiers con-
fiscated
Wallenberg's
money, jewelry
and
diamonds which he had
used to finance the release
of Jews from the Nazis," he
said.

"

Organization to Israel's se- `Palestinians' interchanga-
curity and to U.S. interests. bly. One is a terrorist organ-
Yehuda Hellman, execu- ization and the other refers
tive director of the Confer- to a people who want peace."
Governor Hugh Carey
ence of Presidents of Major
American Jewish Organ- said he would do all he
izations, said that the re- could to promote the se-
cent cease-fire that ended curity, prosperity and
hostilities across the territorial integrity of Is-
Israel-Lebanon border was rael.
Beatrice Feldman, na-
agreed to by Yasir Arafat,
leader of the PLO, because tional treasurer of Hadas-
sah, told the convention's
he "needed it."
"It was not an act of closing session that Hadas-
generosity on his part," sah raised over $37 million
HellMan claimed, contend- this year. She reported that
ing that the cease-fire saved even though the members
the terrorist organization responsible for fundraising
achieved a remarkable feat,
from complete destruction.
In another session, they must anticipate even
Sylvia Doppelt, national higher quotas for 1981-1982
youth aliya chairman, because they will have to
reported to the conven- make up for higher costs
tion that her department, and fewer grants from gov-
which cares for a wide ernment and from the large
variety of immigrant foundations which are be-
children from around the sieged by applications as
world, "is now receiving federal funds are being
a new type of child from slashed.
Frieda Lewis, national
the Third World, such as
it has never encountered president of Hadassah, an-
nounced that the conven-
before."
Most of these new chil- tion voted to provide 10,000
dren, she said, "are either trees for the areas of Kiryat
orphans or have come with- Shmona whose forests have
out their parents. Hardly been devastated by PLO
any speak a language other rockets, and to- give the
than that of their own coun- municipality $15,000 for
try. None reads, writes or programs for children.
Mrs. Lewis also an-
calculates."
Mrs. Doppelt reported nounced that the building
that this year, Hadassah housing the new computer
raised $2.7 million toward center at the Hadassah-
the care, education and Hebrew University Medical
training of 19,000 children Center in Jerusalem will be
in 315 residential and day named for Dr. Kalman
facilities. She said, "In one Mann, who officially took
year we have made it possi- leave as director-general of
ble to increase the number the Hadassah Medical
of pedagogic centers-from 25 Organization at this con-
to 50 so that teachers and vention. Mann, a specialist
counsellors throughout the in the delivery of health
system have expert guid- services, headed the organ-
ization for 30 years.
ance available."

New York Mayor Edward
Koch, who proclaimed
August as "Hadassah
Month" in New York City,
told the gathering, "We
must not use 'PLO' and

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Hadassah Delegates Warned
on Issues Now Facing Jewry

NEW YORK (JTA) —
Charlotte Jacobson, chair-
man of the American Sec-
tion of the World Zionist
Organization, told some
3,000 delegates and guests
attending the 67th annual
convention of Hadassah at
the Hilton Hotel here last
week that American Jews
"have the, right to express"
their view on the controver-
sial "Who is a Jew" amend-
ment to the Law of Return
which Premier Menahem
Begin promised his Aguda
Israel coalition partner he
would act on.
She noted that more than
50 percent of American
Jews are members of the
Conservative and Reform
movements and, therefore
the amendment as de-
manded by the Aguda con-
cerns them directly.
But, Mrs. Jacobson said,
we must not let even this
issue take away our support
for Israel," declaring that
American Jewry's support
for the Jewish state is be-
yond "the issue of the mo-
ment." She congratulated
the new government in Is-
rael, adding: "We (Ameri-
can Jews) respect any
democratic government
that was elected by the
people of Israel."
Leonard Davis, direc-
tor of research and in-
- formation of the Ameri-
;an Israel Public Affairs
Committee in Washing-
ton, called on the mem-
bers of Hadassah to join
in a "citizen action" to
stop the sale of AWACS
aircraft to Saudi Arabia.
He said that while sena-
tors and congressmen
are presently on vaca-
tion, "We (American
Jews) cannot take a vaca-
tion now."
He urged the gathering to
draw the attention of their
elected representatives to
the danger of recognizing
the Palestine Liberation

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formation in case it ham-
pered international efforts
to free Wallenberg.
"We do not know that
President -Brezhnev was
personally involved in the
arrest. All we know; from
various sources, is that he
was with the 18th Army and
might know more about
Wallenberg than he will
admit," she said.

that he later died, while
witnesses say Wallen-
berg has been seen in
Soviet prisons in recent
years.

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