THE 'DETROIT JEWISH NEWS — Friday, April 24, 1959-24
Writes Letter to Queen
`Tulip of Holland' Stirs Memory of a Nazi Prisoner
By FRANK SIMONS
There are many Nachman
Tevlos scattered throughout the
They are the survivors of
German brutality, the men,
women and children who died a
thousand deaths to remain
living in the _Nazi concentration
camps of World War II.
Hardly a day passes for them
when they are not — in some
way or another—reminded of
the years spent in filthy bar-
rack s, living
only in antici-
pation of the
ultimate c a 11
that call did
not come and
at the end of
World War II,
they wondered Tevlo
that they were still alive and
they prayed for word of their
families and friends.
For some, word of certain
death came swiftly. Others were
tortured until they were either
re-united or until they learned
that inevitable death had come
to their loved ones.
Then, there are still others—
like Nachman Tevlo—who still
are left to wonder about and
pray for their fellow Jews, who,
after 15 years, remain missing.
These are the people who are
neither living nor dead.
Mr. Tevlo, a Detroiter now,
has been plagued by the mem-
ory of a beautiful, young girl,
who came from the Netherlands
to marry a pre-medical student
from Prague — the son of a
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JERUSALEM (JTA) —As
thousands lined the curbs,
cheering, 12,000 hikers com-
pleted Israel's annual cross-
country march, marching down
Jerusalem's streets to Conven-
tion Center, where Gen. Chaim
Laskov, chief of staff of Is-
rael's deefnse forces, took the
The groups • included men
and women, youths and adults,
some of whom had marched in
four days from Haifa to this
city, others of whom joined
the cross-country hike en route.
About half of the hikers were
soldiers in uniform. The women
included many nurses in uni-
form. The hike has become an
annual spring event in Israel.
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NEW YORK (JTA)—Dr. Car-
roll V. Newsom, president of
esienstadt. When they saw that to help him find willow New. York University, was
the main Lieben roots were branches. About 200 were given awarded an honorary doctor of
going to Auschwitz, they, too, at least temporary stays from science degree by the Technion-
did not wish to be separated. certain death.
Israel Institute of Technology at
Following their release, a a special convocation of aca-
"They were loaded into a
cattle car—about 65 to 70—all
demic and scientific leaders at
Tevlos. She was the first Jew- the Carnegie Endowment Inter-
in .one car. But before the doors
were closed, the young lady— ish child- born In Prague after national Center.
this Tulip of Holland — was the war, and-symbolically she
The degree is being given Dr.
taken out of the car and sent was named Eve.
"in recognition of his
The Tevlos left Prague
elsewhere. I never saw her
February, 1948, to escape an- distinguished achievements
And, with only this name again."
the field of higher education
to remember, Nachman Tevlo
and mathematics and in appre-
trusted that word of this ceived a letter addressed to his They immigrated to the United ciation of his friendship and
famous "Tulip" might have home at 19130 Huntington. It
fruitful assistance to the insti-
trickled back to her native was from the Queen's private Jan Mazaryk, the Czech Premier tutions of higher learning in
land. • He wrote to Queen
`.`This -extremely dark. episode Tevlo "knows" — just as the
Juliana in the desperate hope
Participants at the convoca-
your life . . . is undoubtedly
that she remained still alive.
that Mazaryk did not fall, but tion included Dr. Abraham Tul-
In his letter to the queen,
tragic stories of people of Jew- was pushed by the Communists. lin,• board chairman
"When Hitler's army started ish faith. "
William Fondiller, society hon-
"The Queen was deeply Louisville, where a son, Irving, orary president and ,D avid
to transport men, women and
was born, the Tevlos came to
children to Auschwitz, this girl moved hearing about the
Detroit. Mr. Tevlo, a scholar, Rose, president.
received a number to be one of Dutch girl who was given the
In accepting the award Dr.
was one of the first members
those sacrificed in the crema- name of 'Tulip of Holland' of the Evergreen . Jewish Con- Newsom paid tribute to Israel
gregation, and became the as a "young nation dedicated to
"When her fiance heard of by so many of your country- synagogue's Torah reader on the democratic concept." Is-
this, he told her, I am a part men. As only a few people of the sabbath and holidays.
rael's economic problems, he
of you, 'I shall go with you.' the Jewish faith survived the
Many of the congregation's said, "require the most careful
When his mother heard, she
services, before its own build- analysis by acknowledged ex-
decided not to be separated and found their way back to ing was completed, were held perts" as well as "adequate sup-
from her son. His sister and their own country, - there is in the basement of his home. plies of power to turn the
brother also volunteered, so not much hope that the girl
And each time, he leads the wheels of industry and to mech-
the family would be together— you wrote about is still alive. congregation in worship, Mr. anize and irrigate farms."
"An investigation is being Tevlo utters a silent prayer
even in death.
The islands of Hawaii stretch
"Dr. Lieben already had been. made, and no doubt you will for all the "Tulips of Holland"
killed at Dachau, but on his soon hear the r e s u 1 t. Her who still are not heard from. across 1,540 miles of ocean.
side of the family there were Majesty hopes sincerely that ismoirefamilsoomenowsootoo•frompeambefamm•••
more than 25 souls at Ther- your faith and hard work will •
give you the necessary support •
to live with these atrocious •
memories and yet be of great •
strength to your f a m i l y and •
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Tevlo, himself, spent three •
Editor, The Jewish News:
more years at Theresienstadt •
As a veteran of the Haganah
before the Allied armies re- •
and as an ex-serviceman of the
Israel War of Independence in
the besieged and beleaguered
Jerusalem in the year 1948 in one of only a few Jewish fam-
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its creative and colorful role to remain alive. Although on
played in establishing and since three occasions, he was herded
then bolstering Israel in every into a cattle car with other
arena, I would like to corres- prisoners, he was given a last-
pond (in English, Hebrew or minute reprieve. Once, he says,
Yiddish) with any of the read- the Germans held up a train
ers of your paper in a view to two hours before they located
foster and promote friendship him in one of the cars.
betWeen us as individuals.
Not only was Tevlo able to
I am a native of Israel, a save himself, he claimed that
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permanent resident of Jerusa-
his wife and daughter also as-
lem, 46 years old, married and
have two boys of 16 and 14 sisted him in his work, and
their lives, too, were spared.
Yours very truly And, frequently he requested
the services of little children
Shikun Rasco 20
P.O. Box 782
famed Czech physician, Dr.
Solomon M. Lieben.
The two were never wed. In-
stead, they were sent — along
with other Czech Jews—to the
concentration camp at Ther-
esienstadt. Here, the young miss
would sing Dutch songs and
cheer her fellow prisoners. She
became known throughout the
camp as the "Tulip of Holland."
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on UAR Called 'Lie'
ISTANBUL (JTA)—A Soviet
Union propaganda accusation,
alleging that Israel's chief of
d e f e n s e forces staff, Gen.
Chaim Laskov, has visited here
to plan for a joint Turco-Israeli
attack against the United Arab
Republic, was denied by the
Foreign Ministry here.
The . canard had been trans-
mitted by Tass, official USSR
news agency, and was denied
as "crude fiction" in a state-
ment by the Israeli Foreign
Ministry spokesman in Jerusa-
lem. The Turkish denial attrib-
utes the false report to Red
Fleet, organ of the USSR Navy.
Red Fleet stated that Gen.
Laskov was in Turkey last
month and had talks with
Turkish officials who pledged
that this country would sup-
port Israel in an attack against
the United Arab Republic.
The Foreign Ministry's state-
ment declared that the Red
Fleet report was "without foun-
dation," and warned that the
false report was issued with
the aim of "deteriorating rela-
tions between Turkey and the
brotherly Arab countries."
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