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, Bor/s Penson (1), recently released Pr/soner of Zion, has "reunion" in Netanya, Irving Bernsteln, Bernsteln wore a silver bracelet bearing Penson's seven year imprisonment, Prisoner United om Supporter well as owning two of his -- Ev- paintings (bought from Boris' a man mother) made me feel very :on close to him." one day When the day came, need to Bemstein joyfully arranged to Words were have the bracelet brought to Penson, the released artist. While in This simple prison, Penson had received 'linked them letters from Bernstein and other people all over the world 1979, Boris who were wearing his bracelet. of Zion in "Knowing that so many Penson, people cared about me helped Israel. The very much," Penson says. "1 reached felt the support of world Jewry, exe- and especially the support of of LUA, the State of Israel." that had Everything that happened of his on Apdl 22, 19"/9, the day of in Israel his release, remains vivid in of Penson's mind. "1 was called shared into the prison office and saw with the all the big bosses standing seven.year there. I kew something must be up because it was a July 2 for the Sunday. They told me I was two men being sent to another prison in arm warmly Riga. At Riga, they thrust a piece where of paper at me with Brezhnev's with his signature on it. I was to be released and had ten days to leave the country." says, Penson feels that a decisive a very factor in his release was the for me. pressure the American him in government put on the Russians during various nego- my tiations. "And behind that am pressure, were the voices of I am free Jews in Amedca and around the world," he says. 1970 in Seven days later Penson and nine was in Israel, at home with his set out to mother. Bernstein was deeply expect to moved by Penson's release: He "Boris had become a part of free in our family. When I heard the dead by news, I cried tears of joy. His dream had come true." Penson At age 3.3, Boris Penson is beginning to paint again. For- plane, bidden to practice this art for all 17 nine years, he is working on e says. illustrations for a book on Mark prison life being written by and Fduard Kuzenetsov, a fellow Prisoner of Zion. The demand on Penson's to time has been great ever since he arrived in Israel. When not ten of studying Hebrew or painting, he is asked to attend when numerous state functions. He other had hoped to write letters to all helped the people who wrote to him in SUpport prison. Before leaving Russia, of however, the authorities confiscated his address book. of One of Penson's main of priorities now is to help get other Jews out of Russia, especially Ida Nudel who is in a rost Siberian labor camp. He recently donated one of his of his paintings for a fundraising auction in her behalf, raising almost $1,300. spe. No sooner did Bernstein his take off Penson's bracelet than he replaced it with one bearing a the name of Josef Mendele- lls. vich, the only one of the as Leningrad group still in prison. HERITAfE, Florida Jewish News. July 27. 1979, Page 5 Israel Aliya Center Opens in Catskills WOODBOURNE, N.Y. Shapiro, an "emissary from The literature available at the Holocaust exhibit and (JTA) -- Jewish residents and Israel, have been busy center explains "evenjthing literature dealing with the vacationers in the Catskill buttonholing Jews with you wanted to know about proliferation of hate groups Mountains community have literature urging emigration to living in Israel, but were afraid and anti-Semitic activity in the something new in their midst. Israel. to ask," she said. 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