JTA Archive (hat tip Adam Soclof):
RALLIES IN BOSTON, MORE IN N.Y.; COMMUNISTS, TROTSKYISTS DISAVOW LENINGRAD SENTENCES
Meanwhile appeals for clemency and demonstrations against the harsh sentences imposed on Jews in Leningrad continued today throughout the country. The latest representation was contained in a cable sent to the chief prosecutor of the Soviet Union, Roman Andreevich Rudenko, formerly chief Russian prosecutor at the Nuremberg war crimes trials. It was signed by Dr. Robert M.W. Kempner, of Landsdowne, Pa., who was the U.S. Deputy Chief Counsel at Nuremberg. The message said, "Recalling our efforts in Nuremberg for Justice and humanity, I appeal to you for mercy for the Jews sentenced to death." In Boston, the Rabbinical Court of Justice of the Associated Synagogues of Massachusetts, comprised of Orthodox, Conservative and Reform temples, declared yesterday that Jan. 7 should be considered a day of dedication to Soviet Jewry. Jan. 7 (the 10th of Teves) is an official fast day In memory of the siege of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 586 BCE. Yesterday afternoon, 200 persons heard speeches of solidarity with the Leningrad prisoners by Catholic, Protestant and Jewish leaders who asked the Nixon administration to act to save the condemned. Messages of support came from Gov. Francis W. Sargent and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. The rally was called by the Jewish Community Council, the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry and other groups.
The Daily World, the organ of the Communist Party U.S.A., said in an editorial yesterday that while it believed the Leningrad defendants were guilty, "Nonetheless...we come to the conclusion that the interests of mankind will best be served if...the Soviet authorities commute the two death sentences." In an editorial scheduled for publication in the next issue of the Militant, the Socialist Workers Party (Trotskyist) organ, declares that the death penalty for an "alleged" hijacking is "one more example of the barbaric extremes to which the Kremlin bureaucrats will go in attempting to maintain their dictatorial rule." The editorial adds that "the principles of socialist Justice are totally alien" to the Kremlin. The SWP, which advocates the "dismantling of the State of Israel," contends in the editorial that "anti-Soviet" propagandists, especially in the United States and Israel, will use the Leningrad sentences for "their own reactionary purposes." In a radio interview last night, Rabbi Klaperman and Stanley Lowell of the New York Conference on Soviet Jewry asked listeners to bombard the Soviet ambassador in Washington, Anatoly F. Dobrynin, with appeals for clemency. [Read more]