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October 10, 1986 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-10-10

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"Where You Come First"

Kosins

Uptown
Southfield Rd. at
111/2 Mile • 559-3900

people to forget about it."
The allegations stem from
a Sept. 10 copywrited article
in The Metro Times which
said that all but three of 70
Soviet Jewish tenants al-
legedly paid Highland Towers
manager Mary Edwards and
\_s rental agent Bernice Stone
/ between $300 and $1,000 to
secure apartments. Since
then, Edwards and Stone
have resigned and are un-
/
available for comment.
Southfield police, acting on

a complaint filed by Boris
Shabat, whose mother-in-law
lives in the building, are in-
vestigating the case but have
arrived at no conclusions.
_ __
"Facts are still being re-
/
viewed by the Oakland
County Prosecutor's Office,"
said officer Gary Conant on
Monday.
Berton said the situation
;,-.- has not only angered the
Soviet Jewish tenants, but
American tenants as well.
"I was talking to one of the
)
ladies the other day," said
Berton, "and she told me that
/\= an American tenant ap-
proached her and told her
that they were really grateful
that (Edwards and Stone)
were gone, but they were dis-
satisfied with the publicity."
Berton said a reason why
the Soviet Jews are upset
with the publicity is because
they think there is nothing
wrong with paying bribes.
For some Soviet Jews, paying
bribes in Russia is a way of
life and a way to improve
one's living conditions.
And since the construction
on Interstate 696 resulted in
the demolition of many
nearby apartment buildings,
Soviet Jews were faced with
a housing shortage. Desper-
ate to find a place to live, the
Soviets were willing to pay
bribes for the Highland To-
wers apartments.
She discounts The Metro
Times assertion of 67 out of
70 paying bribes, believing
the figure was closer to 30 or
40. She said many of the ten-
ants were, and still are, af-
raid to step forward for fear
of punishment by the police.
"They've had some bad ex-
periences in Russia," said Be-
rton. "As a result of (these
experiences), they interpret
anybody in a uniform as a
hostile individual."
Berton estimated that
there are between 1,500 and
2,000 Soviet Jews in the De-
troit metropolitan area. She
said the reaason why many
reside in Highland Towers is
because the building is lo-
cated in the heart of the
Jewish community.
"Many of the elderly people
can't speak English very
fluently," said Berton. "The
apartment building is near a
number of kosher bakeries
and butcher shops whose
workers speak Yiddish. This
way, the (Soviet Jews) do not
have a problem communicat-
ing with the people around
them."

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