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February 19, 1960 - Image 9

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1960-02-19

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and will hold the latter post
Nazi bestialities and Jewish
Mordecai Richler is an able until a permanent Chief Rabbi Christianity and Judaism. He
story-teller. He is Jewish, and is found. He will also continue" also announced that a new syna-
He makes reference to the this reviewer is mighty happy as Chief Rabbi of Oran. His ap- gogue will be built in the center
Lublin Ghetto's archives, "the over it; for if he were a non- pointment filled, the vacancy of Algiers.
repository of documents from Jew, we would be tempted to created by the death two years
the Council of Four Lands in treat him as if he were an anti- ago of Chief Rabbi Eisenbeth.
More than 30,000 Scout units
the 17th century, as well as the Semite.
Rabbi Askenazi called on the with over 1,000,000 boys and
rich library of Yeshivath Ch•ch-
That's the feeling his well- Catholic Archbishop of Algiers leaders operate in rural areas.
mey Lublin."
told "The Apprenticeship of
Reference is made to the Duddy Kravitz (published by
Kielce pogrom and the charge Little, -Brown & Co., 34 Beacon
now heard that it was staged St., Boston 6) left us with.
by the Soviet secret police.
Richter's novel revives an old
Schneiderman describes his question: why do so many of
visit to the Jewish Community our young writers select the
House in Wroclaw, and he gives ugliest Jewish characters for
an account of the events that their portrayals? Is it possible
took place there under the Nazis that they have not met up with
and as an assembly place for Jews who are a credit to them-
Jews who were liberated from selves, to their p e o p 1 e, to
the Nazi slave camps. He states society? After all, a Duddy
about the repatriates from Rus- Kravitz is a rare exception to
the rule: we do not deny his
UN 4-2300
14501 W. 7 Mile Rd.
1 Blk. West of Jas. Couzens
"Although the Polish au- existence, but we maintain he
thorities were friendly to the is a rarity. Does a Jewish writer
Jewish repatriates, the Jews have to drag us right dowti to
knew how precarious their sit- the gutter in depicting Jewish
uation was. The shrunken life?
That's what has •happened in
Jewish community, which had
dwindled from over three mil- Richler's story. It is doubtful
lion in pre-war Poland to a whether the able author — and
tragic remnant of only thirty we join with those who are ac-
to forty thousand, has no fu-
ture. There is no real hope credit for very able writing—
of rebuilding Jewish life on knows too much about Jewish
the ashes of their martyred life. He must have acquired a
people. The fate of repatri- smattering of Jewish knowl-
ates was sealed: they would edge, and his use of some Yid-
always be pawns in the strug- dish words and the manner in
gle between the Communist which he corrupts them prove
regime a n d the Catholic that his information is minimal.
Duddy Kravitz is a bad boy.
Church. They would remain
scapegoats however small He makes life miserable for his
their number. Candid Poles teacher. Then he schemes and
on both sides of the ideologi- plots to make money. He learns
cal front line recognize the one thing from his grandfather,
Jewish dilemma. The task of that "a man without land is
erasing Polish anti-Semitism, nothing." He reaches his goal,
so easily stirred by influences he acquires land, and then even
from within and without, the Zeyde turns his back on
would not be an easy one. The him when he learns by what
Gomulka regime decided to methods his grandson attained
give the Jews a choice. They his purpose.
could leave Poland or stay
Duddy forges the check of
and take their chances. The his friend who became crippled
repatriates stayed only long due to Duddy's encouraging
An account is given of the enough to catch their breaths, him to drive a truck for him in
heroism of the Warsaw Ghetto and then the majority went his movie business, although he
Fighters and the ghetto monu- off to Israel."
knew that his friend was epilep-
ment that was erected April 19,
The Communist influence in tic. This and other schemes are
1948, on the fifth anniversary Poland is in evidence, Schnei- part of Duddy's character. He
of the Ghetto Uprising against derman reports, in many ways. occasionally emerges with some
the Nazis. Describing the wood- One of them is a street sign: sense of decency—as when he
en barracks where the Nazis "Ethel and Julius Rosenberg brought his brother, a student
made theii "selections" of vic- Street."
of medicine, back 'from seclu-
tims who were sent to extermi-
sion when he fled after per-
nation camps, he writes:
toward Jews are recorded in the forming an illegal abortion. He
"Here the Nazis separated the story of Cracow -Jewry. But surely desires to please his
sick from the healthy, deciding there are the repeating evi- zeyde. But that does not white-
on the spot who was to go dences of anti-Semitism, an in- wash a bad character.
The evil portrayed reflects
straight to 'death in the gas stance being the analysis of
chambers and who to slave anti-Semitic acts by Lezek Kola- little, if any, glory on Jews.
camps for a slower end. I stood, kowski who pointed out, as quot- And Jews are the chief charac-
frozen, staring at these wooden ed by Schneiderman, that "the ters in this novel. If a non-Jew Mr. Mark Downs is back in town on a gigantic clearance ram-
buildings with their broken win- Jews have always been saddled had selected Jews as "heroes"
dows and gaping doors, the with the responsibility for all for so downgrading a novel, page! He's our retail expert and what he says goes! And he
death station of the Warsaw kinds of social developments," we'd call him either an anti- has ordered us to clear out 50% of our inventory—need room
Ghetto, where every board, ev- that "when it suited the anti- Semite, or an ignorant non-Jew for incoming shipments from U.S. ROYAL factories.
ery stick is penetrated with the Semites, any movement they who has failed to learn any-
And the best way to clear out • WHITEWALLS—BLACKWALLS
screams of mothers whose chil- were against was labelled 'a thing at all about the people he
tires is to offer great values:
dren were snatched from their Jewish conspiracy'." Kolakowski set out to delineate.
arms, their heads bashed on the said that "no absurd categori-
Come on in to our store today. • 14"-15"—TUBED TYPE—TUBELESS
spot. Large sections of the ghet- zation of Jews was too absurd
Swastikas in Istanbul
See if you don't agree that the
to ruins that have been cleared for the anti-Semites."
are covered with building mate-
The position of 10,000 Jews tikas and anti-Jewish slogans
*TYREX is a certification mark of TYREX,
rial. In digging the foundations in Legnica, the largest Jewish appeared again in this city and
best tire values in town,
for viscose tire yarn and cord.
of the new apartment houses, community in Poland, is among in Izmir. Nazi emblems and
workmen frequently come across the interesting details in Schnei- the slogan "Jews, Get, Out" in
950-14 U.S. ROYAL SAFETY 8
Tubeless White. List Price $46.05
mass graves. The heaps of hu- derman's book. Only 30,000 of English and German were also
man bones were buried without the original 3,000,000 Jews, re- daubed on telephone booths at
Sale Price
fuss, unceremoniously, with no main in Poland.
Yesilkoy airport here. The local
prayer for the dead."
Schneiderman states that Go- press today published a state-
Amazingly, he points out, the mulka holds the reins of power ment by the Turkish National
Jewish graveyard near the ghet- in Poland and that Russia has Youth Organization, endorsing
All other white wall tires at
to memorial survived the catas- accepted the fact that the free- the protest against anti-Semit-
black prices—installed free—all
trophe. He says it's a mystery dom attained by Poland in 1956 ism issued by the World Asso-
future flats repaired free.
ciation of Youth.
"how the Nazis missed the op- "cannot be wiped out."
portunity to desecrate the Jew-
His "The Warsaw Ghetto" is
ish graveyard in Warsaw whose a valuable addition to available Hias Gives Aid to 12,000
tombstones recount -the fame material on Poland and its re- in Many World Centers
and splendor of Polish Jewry." maining small number of Jews
He lists some of the famous who survived the Nazi holo- United Hias Service helped, in
people buried there, including caust.
1959, more than 12,000 Jewish
FA .1-1010
the head of the family whence
men, women and children, of
Next to Eastman Kodak Building, through - Parking Lot
came the famous French Jewish Cultural Caravan to Israel
whom close to 5,000 were en-
Turn right at Grand River exit from Lodge Expressway
philosopher, Henri Bergson.
A three week Cultural Cara- abled to establish new homes in
• New the United States, Latin Amer-
Schneiderman tells about van to Israel beginning in
Dr. Emanuel Ringelblum's ac- York on March 4 will be spon- ica, Australia, Canada and else-
count of the Ghetto Uprising, sored by the Women's Division where, it was reported at the
of the America Israel Cultural annual meeting of the organi-
how his reports and diaries
were hidden in milk cans and Foundation.

respondent for the Day-Morning
Journal, tells the "startling
story of Communist unrest" and
gives a dramatic account of
Wladyslaw Gomulka's revolt of
1956 in his new book, "The
Warsaw Heresy," published by
Horizon Press (220 W. 42nd,
N. Y.).
As a result of his several vis-
its in Poland and his mastery of
the Polish language, Schneider-
man writes with authority on
Polish problems. His fine pho-
tographs, taken by himself,
illustrate his book.
In addition to his evaluation
of the general situation in Po-
land, Schneiderman describes
life of the Jews in Poland and
the transformations that have
taken place there.
He gives an account of the
"confession of 'errors' " by
Jakub Berman and the role
played by the Jewish com-
munist leaders and his associ-
ates in the Polish outbursts
against Moscow in October
1956, and he tells about "vio-
lent attacks on the Jews" by
Nikolai Maslenikov, ex-press
attache of the Soviet Embassy
in Warsaw. It was at a- meet-
ing of the Journalists' Union
at which "Maslenikov insisted
that the government appara-
tus, the press and the party
administration were all full
of Jews." The tirade by the
Soviet representative was in-
terrupted by one of the jour-
nalists who shouted: "This is
Nuremberg! This is Hitler-
Schneiderman reports that
Maslenikov was not fazed and
replied: "In a couple of years
you'll be .persuaded I was right.
We have the same experiences
behind us in the Soviet Union.
We had a lot of Jews in the re-
publics of Uzbekistan and Kaz-
akhstan and we expelled them."





Mark Downs
in Town with
50% Clearance

A net



9—THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS—Friday, February 19, 1960

`D uddy Kravitz' New Chief Rabbi Named in Algiers
Tragedy of Jews in Poland Told
ALGIERS, (JTA) — Rabbi I and later made a statement
in Schneiderman's 'Warsaw Heresy' Novel Insulting David
Askenazi, Chief Rabbi of I that he would work for peace
Oran, has been appointed tem- in strife-torn Algeria and for
S. L. Schneiderman, well later found to present to pos-
"brotherly union" between the
to Jewish People porary Chief Rabbi of Algiers, three
known Yiddish writer, UN .cor- terity the revelations of the
religious groups—Islam,

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