Texas Jewish Post (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 39, No. 50, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 12, 1985 Page: 1 of 32
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Best Wishes For A Happy Hanuka To All!
Texas Jewish Post
VOLUME 39 NO. 50
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1985 29 KISLEV 5746 HANUKA ISSUE 32 PAGES $1.00 PER COPY
less l&win A Hanuka Story. . .Soviet Style
Who would have thought that we’d have a Hanuka story emerging from
the Soviet Union?
But that’s what happened when, after a stop in Italy, Yelena Bonner, wife
of Soviet dissident and Nobel Peace laureate, Andrei Sakharov, arrived in
Boston last Saturday in time for a Hanuka reunion with her family and her
much needed by-pass heart surgery.
It took a great deal of Maccabean courage for her scientist husband to
defy Soviet authorities and win his battle with the commisars in order to
gain a temporary exit visa for his wife, Yelena, so she could stop in Italy for
glaucoma and cataract eye examinations, an audience with the Pope and a
visit with Italian Prime Minister Bettino Craxi.
Few will know if the Soviets, prompted by their desire for a new detente
with the United States, allowed the temporary release of Yelena.
What we do know is that Andrei Sakharov defied death and the wrath of
the Soviet Union when he endured a six months hunger strike to publicize
his wife’s (and his own) captivity in the closed Soviet city of Gorky.
He started on his hunger strike, although he was seriously ill, and lost
over 44 pounds to mount his campaign for his wife’s release on medical
reasons to travel to the West for examinations, consultations and surgery.
This was a bitter pill to swallow for the U.S.S.R.
First, it was an admission that the West has better treatment for the eye
and heart ailments which affected Yelena Bonner.
Secondly, Soviet officials would not let her depart unless she pledged a
vow of silence on her condition in and attitude toward the Soviet Union.
So as she walked to the plane at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport, all
she would tell reporters is “I am happy today that I will be able to see my
mother, who is 85, and my four grandchildren and my other children. I am
grateful to Italy and the Italians for the warmth and sympathy I felt during
my stay here.”
To all other questions there was no comment.
However, everyone knew that Yelena Bonner would not undertake any
surgery in the Soviet Union because she feared she would never survive
because, as an Italian friend surmised, “something would happen to her.”
Reports on her husband’s health still stress that it is “not good” because
the hunger strike further damaged his poor condition.
Tass called reports on Sakharov’s health as revealing “no negative dyna-
mics” in his condition and blasted the stories that the hunger strike
denigrated his condition as being “blasphemous political speculation.”
But the facts remain: Gallant Andrew Sakharov battled the stoic Soviet
system and won.
His torch of freedom, his hunger strike was a menorah which spotlight-
ed the world and revealed the true condition in the Soviet Union.
That’s a fitting fight to come at Hanuka time or anytime.
Edwin Black — An Indictment Of Yasser Arafat............2
Hanuka Rituals and Customs..........................3
Postorials, Opinions, Etc............................4
Boris Smolar — Peek Into 1986...................... 13
Winning Recipes From Winn Dixie..................16-17
Book Review: The Original Words Of Jesus..............18
Film Folk - Joseph Levine Returns To Field...............22
Around The Town.................................24
Report Jews In Rumania Sold
For $50,000 Each As Shultz
Prepares To Visit Bucharest
WASHINGTON - With
Secretary of State George
Shultz scheduled to visit
Bucharest on Dec. 15 as a
stop on a journey to Central
Europe that includes Buda-
pest and Belgrade ques-
tions have been raised at the
State Department regard-
ing the human rights situa-
tion in Rumania and Jewish
Responding to a report by
a Romanian defector (in the
current Washington Maga-
zine) that some Romanian
Jews have been sold to West
Germany and Israel for up to
$50,000 a head, the De-
partment said: “We don’t
comment on third country
matters. We refer you to the
governments of both coun-
tries. Neither the Israeli nor
the FRG (Federal Republic
of Germany) Government
has expressed concerns to us
about this matter.”
Of the more than 150,000
Romanians who have de-
parted legally for the West
since 1975, the Department
said in response to a ques-
tion, approximately 14,000
were Jews who have immi-
grated to Israel. More than
50 percent of them “are now
aged 60 or over,” it said.
“Immigration to Israel since
World War II has reduced
the Romanian Jewish com-
munity from 400,000 to
In a prepared statement,
the Department said that
Shultz’ visit “provides an
opportunity for review of a
broad range of foreign policy
issues and bilateral con-
cerns. Obviously these will
include human rights and
religious issues and the
Congressional climate re-
See Report Page 30
Metroplex MHxvoh Program For Christmas
More man 4UU Metroplex nneen metropM hospitals, tianity,” Taub added?
volunteers will join in the
Council’s sponsorship of the
Holiday Mitzvah program
which will allow non-Jewish
employees of area hospitals
and institutions to spend the
Christmas holiday with their
In Dallas some 300 volun-
teers will take over non-
medical responsibilities in
one nursing home and two
social service agencies. Ac-
cording to David Taub,
Dallas General Chairmen,
the main purposes of the
Holiday Mitzvah is to allow
non-Jews working in hospit-
als to be home for Christ-
mas. “It creates a warm-
er understanding between
Christians and Jews and
puts into action the highest
ideals of Judaism and Chris-
The Dallas Jewish Inter-
brotherhood Council is made
up of Men’s Clubs from all
the Dallas synagogues and
temples including Anshai
Emet, Congregation Beth
Torah, Temple Emanu-F.l
Ner Tamid, Congregation
Shearith Israel, Temple Sha-
lom and Tiferet Israel.
See Metroplex Page 23
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