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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-05-28

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, May 28, 1982 21

Soviet Jewish Refusniks Initiate Lawsuit Over Job Dismissal

NEW YORK — Tibilisi
activists Drs. Isai and Grig-
ory Goldstein have enlisted
the aid of the local deputy
minister of interior in a
legal case they hope will
thwart a move to brand
theni as "parasites," the
Student Struggle for Soviet
Jewry reported.
On April 23, the Golds-
teins, physicists forced to
work as TV repairmen,
were fired from their jobs as
retaliation for staging a
demonstration inside secret
police headquarters to pro-
'Lest a KGB assault on Isai's
wife Elizabeta the day be-
fore. The brothers now have
brought a lawsuit about
their dismissal in the
regional people's court
against their former boss,
who is also a KGB agent.
Isai told the SSSJ that ac-
cording to official regula-
tions, the local trade union
board may not approve the
dismissal of an employee
without a meeting with the
employee present. The
board had composed a false
letter asserting the Golds-
teins did attend the meet-

ing.

To bolster their case,
Isai said, he had asked
Deputy Interior Minister
Syrotkin to verify that
they had been at KGB

headquarters at the time
the trade union meeting
allegedly took place.
"Amazingly, Syrotkin
agreed, if he would re-
ceive a formal request
filom the judge. Im-
mediately, I went to the
judge. Quite illegally, he
refused to request the
general to be a witness in
our case."
On May 17, Isai contin-
ued, he - and Grigory re-
ceived a subpoena to report
to the KGB. No reason was
given. They refused on the
grounds they were busy
preparing their lawsuit.
Two weeks ago the KGB
had left -Grigory a death
threat, "We Will Kill You."
Legislators have sent let-
ters of protest to Soviet
authorities.
Isai also said that
recently-released prisoner
of conscience Ida Nudel of
Moscow was refused per-
mission to live in the capi-
tal, even though she owns a
cooperative apartment
there.
It also was learned that
25-year-old David Tokar
of Chernovtsy was dis-
missed from his geology
institute under KGB
pressure for his Jewish
religious and cultural ac-
tivities, then forcibly fin-

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Rev. Smith said he came
In a related development, to that conclusion within
Rev. Bailey E. Smith, minutes of his arrival in the
president of the Southern USSR last month: He was
Baptist Convention, said part of a 34-member delega-
the Soviet Union "is with- tion on a 15-day tour under

*

*

Detroit Efforts for Soviet
Jewry Are Consolidated

- The new Detroit Soviet
Jewry Committee of the
Jewish Community Council
was organized in 1981 with,'
a grant from the United
Jewish Charities for the
purpose of increasing public
awareness and interest in
assisting the Jews of the
Soviet Union through
promoting increased immi-
gration for those who want
to leave and the freedom of
expression for those who
choose to stay.
DSJC chairmen Ron
Karp, Joel D. Gershenson
and Lawrence" S. Jackier
note that the situation for
Soviet Jews has drastically
deteriorated in recent
years, including sharp cur-
tailment of the numbers
permitted to emigrate.
In addition, Gershenson
said that there have been
numerous reports that
Jewish refuseniks — those
denied permission to emi-
grate — and other Jews are
receiving worse treatment
than ever by the Soviet gov-
ernment.
Their concern for the
continuing plight of
Soviet Jews led to Jac-
kier and Gershenson's
role in establishing the
DSJC as part of the
Jewish Community
Council structure. The
DSJC unites all previous
community efforts to as-
sist the Jewish re-
fuseniks and prisoners of
conscience in the Soviet
Union.
Both the Jackier and Ger-
shenson families corre
spOnd regularly with a
number of refuseniks, and
through the Detroit Soviet
Jewry
-Committee's
Adopt-A-Family program
urge individuals and organ-

Frankfurt Plans
Jewish Museum

.

BONN (JTA) — The
Frankfurt municipality has
approved plans to build a
Jewish museum which will
contain documents on the
history of Jews in Germany
and other German-
speaking countries. It is ex-
pected to be completed
within three years.'
The museum will docu-
ment in particular the role
played by Jews in the social,
economic and cultural life of
Frankfurt and the fate of
Frankfurt Jews after Hitler
took power in 1933. There
will also be a permanent
display of Jewish periodi-
cals.

izations to do the same.
Other activities spon-
sored by the committee in-
clude Bar and Bat Mitzva
twinning with refuseniks
youngsters, missions to the
-Soviet Union, a speakers
bureau, a Soviet Jewry
newsletter, Soviet Jewry
action alerts, and various
community-wide programs
designed to focus attention
on the Soviet Jewry issue
and to educate the commu-
nity.
For example, the DSJC
will sponsor a musical trib-
ute to the Jewish refuseniks
and prisoners of conscience
in the Soviet Union. It is
also planning an educa-
tional forum where interna-
tional authorities on Soviet
Jewry will examine the
issue in depth and offer an
assessment of the current
situation.
The DSJC has formed
subcommittees to de-
velop ongoing programs
and activities. They are
outreach, chaired by
Jerry- Rogers; public re
lations, headed by Jean-
nie Weiner; and special
events, ,led by Brenda
-and Robert Pangborn.
The committee also car-
ries on' an educational
program.
For information on the
committee and its activi-
ties, contact Beverly Yost at
the Jewish Community
Council, 962-1880. .

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In an article prepared for
the June issue of the ADL
Bulletin, monthly publica-
tion of the Anti-Defamation
League of Bnai Brith, Rev.
Smith wrote about the con-
fiscation at the airport in
Moscow of religious articles
he and the others had
brought along.
Many in Rev. Smith's
party of clergy and
laymen were carrying
Bibles to take as gifts to
various pastor's, but all
the materials were con-
fiscated. Rev. Smith said

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