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December 25, 1959 - Image 24

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1959-12-25

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS—Fri day, December 25, 1959-24

Sad Effects of Intermarriage Told in Narrative of 'Ed W ynn's Son'

From the point of view of a
father-son struggle, the book by
Keenan Wynn, "Ed Wynn's
Son," as told to James Brough,
published by Doubleday, has
special interest.
As a study in intermarriage
and the effects of a religious
struggle in the home upon chil-

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dren, it has additional merit
and particular importance.
There was a jealousy be-
tween father and son that cre-
ated a real conflict. That was
resolved, and presently Ed and
Keenan are the best of friends.
The theme of the book seems
to be imbedded in the quotation
in the book, also used as a
frontispiece, in the following
lines from William Blake:
The only man that e'er I knew
Who did not make me almost
spew
Was Fuseli: He was both Turk
and Jew—
And so, dear Christian Friends,
how do you do?
Yet some of the sad experi-

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ences in the Wynn family life roles he played in the films
emerge as most saddening. Re- "Marjorie Morningstar" and
lating how he finally "learned "The Diary of Anne Frank,"
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to be myself, an entity, Keenan and his occasional successes on
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states in reference to his ex- TV.
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periences with his father: "The
In his summation. Keenan
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special things that happened to Wynn tells of his realization of
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me caused us both a lot of un- "affinities between Catholic and
happiness." The brooding that Jew," his realization "that Ca-
affected Keenan, the difficulties tholicism is built on Jewish
that arose out of his mother's principles of Godliness and
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attempt at suicide. the anti- love." But he adds that out of
Semitism he experienced — all his parents' differences, "a
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He concludes:
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daughter's marriage to the Jew my story, it is this: A lot of
Ed Wynn, but they later be- kids, like me, will always run
away from their homes and
came good friends again.
Ed Wynn was born Isaiah the hearts of their families.
Edwin Leopold, and he split up But some kids, like me, are
Greetings of the Season
his middle name which became lucky because there's a light
left
burning
in
a
window
for
his stage name when his family
SCHOOLCRAFT
objected to his going on the them. Dad kept a light burn-
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ing
for
me—Ed
Wynn's
son."
stage. Describing the Wynn-
The manifold lessons of this
Keenan intermarriage, Keenan
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"If anyone questioned the the lesson of intermarriage and
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Jew that seethed under the
calm surface of the marriage,
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There are some tragic ele- as the heart of the Jewish re-
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