• Short Summary

    Silva Zalmanson -- freed after serving four years in a Soviet prison camp for attempting to hi-jack an aircraft -- received a tumultuous welcome when she landed at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on Tuesday night (10 September).

  • Description

    Silva Zalmanson -- freed after serving four years in a Soviet prison camp for attempting to hi-jack an aircraft -- received a tumultuous welcome when she landed at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on Tuesday night (10 September).

    Miss. Zalmanson, who is 29, was given a 10-year sentence on charges of attempting to hijack a Soviet airliner in 1970. Her husband, Eduard Kuznetsov, was sentenced to 15 years and is still in prison.

    The crowd of well-wishers at the airport included the Israeli Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister, Yigal Allon who boarded Miss. Zalmanson's aircraft and accompanied her through the cheering crowd to the airport building.

    The crowd broke into rhythmic chanting of her name, and at one stage, Miss. Zalmanson was hoisted onto the shoulders of well-wishers.

    At a reception in the airport restaurant, Miss. Zalmanson said the Soviet authorities had let her go only because of the pressure of international public opinion. She said she would continue to struggle for Jewish emigration from the Soviet Union.

    Miss. Zalmanson left the airport with her uncle, Avraha Zalmanson, whom she had not seen for 17 years.

    SYNOPSIS: Israeli Deputy Premier, Yigal Allon was at Ben???ion Airport in Tel Aviv on Tuesday night to welcome Silva Zalmanson on her arrival from the Soviet Union. Miss. Zalmanson had been freed after serving four years in a Soviet prison for an attempted hi-jacking. Miss. Zalmanson made the hi-jacking attempt with her husband in nineteen-seventy. She was sentenced to ten years in a prison camp and her husband was gaoled for fifteen years. He is still in gaol.

    Hundreds of well-wishers thronged the airport to welcome Miss. Zalmanson. The twenty-nine-year-old woman said the Soviet authorities had let her go free only because of the pressure of international public opinion. She said she would continue to struggle for emigration of Soviet Jews. She was flooded with questions as she made her way to the airport building.

    For many Israelis, Miss. Zalmanson is a here. At one point, the crowd of well-wishers heisted her shoulder-high, She ???emed tired after the long journey from the Soviet Union via Austria. After a reception in the airport restaurant she left for a secret destination to get some sleep.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAT0F0PW36E2279U106KR6JH73
    Media URN:
    VLVAAT0F0PW36E2279U106KR6JH73
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/09/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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