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The Detroit Jewish News, 1960-02-26

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THE JEWISH NEWS

A Weekly Review

of Jewish Events

Commentary

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Michigan's Only English-Jewish Newspaper—Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle

VOLUME XXXVI—No. 26

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35, February 26, 1960 $5.00 Per Year; Single Copy 15c

Nasser's Repeated Threats Against
Israel Increase War Danger; Major
Powers Asked to Act by Hammarskjold

United Arab Republic Abdel Gamal Nasser's repeated threats to
exterminate Israel, especially his declaration in Cairo last Saturday
that he will liberate Palestine "with our own hands," regardless of
the positions taken either by the United Nations or the major world
powers, stirred a new hornet's nest and are believed to be increasing
the war dangers in the Middle East.
Compelled to seek new arms in European countries, Israel has
found it necessary to deny that her troops are being mobilized.
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency, in a direct teletype wire to The
Jewish News on Tuesday, from Paris, reports that Moshe Dayan, who
was in the French capital on his way to Miami Beach, Fla., to address
the Israel Bond Conference this week-end, asserted vigorously that
there was no truth to the charges by Nasser that Israel was mobilizing
its troops.
Gen. Dayan flatly denied that Israel was. contemplating any at-
tack on the UAR, as Nasser charged in a speech in Damascus Tuesday.
Dayan said he had no idea what Nasser's purpose was in making such
charges at the present time, or what Nasser hoped to gain by making
them.
The Israel official said that reinforcement of Israel's military
strength was a factor for peace in the Middle East "because the sooner
the Arabs realize that Israel is a permanent factor in the Middle East
the sooner they will come to terms with it."
ally be living in
He expressed his belief that Israel wOuid
peaceful terms with the Arabs, Nit added that
undoubtedly
take a long time to reach this condition.
He contended that if the United Nations had acted firmly about
the Syrian border incidents in which there were clashes in demilitar-
ized zones along the northern and central border areas, the diffi-
culties would have been settled a long time ago.
The Minister's comments were made in the filming of a news-
cast slated for appearance on French television.
Shimon Peres, Deputy Defense Minister of Israel, who came to
Paris with Gen Dayan, has been meeting with French officials on pur-
chases of arms for Israel.
At his press conference, prior to his departure for his Latin
American tour, President Eisenhower rejected the idea of U. S. arms
sales to Israel, although he acknowledged that the Soviet bloc is pro-

viding arms to Arab states. He also indicated dismissal of the idea of
a possible American-Israel mutual security pact.
Eisenhower told his press conference that the United States, as a
matter of policy, has never served as a major supplier of arms to
Israel and does not intend to assume such a role now for Israel or
any other country in that area.
Acknowledging that certain Arab states were receiving Com-
munist arms, Eisenhower pointed out that Israel was being supplied
with military equipment by France and Great Britain.
Eisenhower said he should be "frank" in stating that the United
States was sending enough arms to enough nations and that he would
let somebody else carry that responsibility regarding Israel.
He said he was unfamiliar with a recent suggestion by Senator
Jacob K. Javits, New York Republican, that a mutual security treaty
be negotiated to link America with Israel in defense. He added, how-
ever, that he had heard the same idea discussed many times before.
He indicated dismissal of such a defense treaty, stating he told
the United Nations the United States would deal with the Arab states
and Israel as a unit for economic development assistance if the Arabs
and Israel could agree. If such agreement could be reached, the United_
States still stands ready to support and coordinate a policy of regional
development assistance, he declared.
Commenting on the current status of the Suez Canal impasse in-
volving Israel and the United Arab Republic._ Eisenhower recalled his
1957 - statement
if operation can a l was unfa should
Cause action by the United Nations.
He said he believed that the Suez Canal matter had been handled
by the United Nations. His reference was presumed to be the recent
efforts of United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammerskjold to
resolve Israel-UAR differences over the canal.
Secretary of State Christian Herter came under heavy fire this
week on Israeli shipping issues, when he testified before the House
Foreign Affairs Committee, JTA reports from Washington.
The climax of the hearing came when Rep. Leonard Farbstein,
New York Democrat, a member of the committee, told Herter that
he was seriously considering an amendment to the Mutual Security
Act to bar American aid to any nation denying the principle of
freedom of the seas.
Continued on Page 32

Germans Ask Overdue Restitution from U.S.. Smile at
Re-turn of Nazi Musical; Pro-Nazis Shock Inez Robb

BY MILTON FRIEDMAN

(Copyright, 1960, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inn.)

WASHINGTON — Ex-Nazi industrialists are
starting to hint that unless the United States re-
turns Nazi assets confiscated in America during
World War IL anti-Semitism will grow.
A typical implied. threat came from the indus-
trialists' Washington lobby, known - as the "Commit-
tee for Return of German Property," which de-
manded return of vested Nazi assets as a "gesture
of confidence in the wholesome, democratic forces
which are currently under strain in Germany." It
referred to the re-emergence of the swastika as an
omen of anti-Semitism.
Among the "wholesome, democratic forces,".
seeking this "gesture of confidence" • are the I. G.
Farben Trust and Alfred Krupp, convicted Nazi
war criminal. It is suggested that if these whole-
some elements do not receive "prompt action"
there could be "a serious crisis." The wording is
reminiscent of Hitler's power politics.
The truth is that the U.S. Government more
than made up for the Nazi assets by extensive
rehabilitation .expenditures and huge economic aid
to German industry. Such aid was given by Wash-
ington under the clear understanding that the vested
funds would not be returned. Now the Germans
want both the penny and the cake.
The German lobby went so far as to term the
alleged American debt to the ex-Nazis a "long
overdue restitution."
Meanwhile, the West German government, in
a White Paper on anti-Semitism, said that although

there were at least. 685 anti-Semitic incidents in the
Federal Republic het
ween Christmas and Feb. 1,
there was "no evidence" of anti-Semitism growing.
While Bonn authorities gave West Germany
a clean bill of health, a musical hit swept across
the country. It echoed from every gasthaus, beer
hall and cafe. By some coincidence, the hit just
happened to be Adolph Hitler's own favorite num-
ber, frequently rendered at Nazi functions by the
SS band.
The "Badenweiler March," the song Hitler
loved best of all, is a martial tune with clashing
cymbals and booming drums. It swept West Germany
on the heels of the recent swastika craze, too close
for comfort. Juke boxes everywhere blared forth
the triumphant strains of Hitler's march. Many
Germans smiled and laughed with vicarious pleas-
ure. A few squirmed uncomfortably.
*
*
Pro-Nazi manifestations in America have
shocked some American journalists_ who covered the .
Hitler era in Europe.
Inez Robb, a newspaper columnist and a non-
Jew, discovered that Americans resented an anti-
Nazi column she wrote. They condemned her for
writing it. She reported that an angry batch of
letters took her to task for suggesting that Ameri-
can young people, no less than German, needed to
be told of the horrors of the Hitler regime.
"What horrors?" asked the indignant letter
writers. They accused Miss Robb of inciting "hatred"
and "racial prejudice" against Nazis "both at home
and abroad."
Not one letter expressed the slightest regret

over the resurgence of anti-Semitism in Germany
and the United States. She studied the letters and
found "there is not one line deploring the re-
appearance of the swastika as the most revolting
symbol of race hatred and extermination in the
20th or any other century." -
A typical letter-to-the-editor said • "I was dis-
turbed at the fact that we are still fighting World
War II. Have you ever looked into the treatment
by Allied nations of the German people during
the war and immediately after the surrender of
Germany?"
Miss Robb noted sadly that "there is not one
suggestion of remorse at the resurgence of the
Nazi spirit that sent six million innocent persons
to their deaths in concentration camps during World
War II."
She said "this. alarming and discouraging col-
lection of letters came after I suggested that a pub-
lic service TV program could perform no greater
service for the nation than a program devoted
entirely to Hitler's concentration and extermina-
tion camps."
Almost every letter writer . seized on two ex-
cuses to justify current anti-Semitism. One excuse
is that "it is a Communist conspiracy to blacken
the nice Nazis and cover up their own Communist
evil deeds." The other excuse is "the only reason
the Nazi outbreaks and swastika-smearing episodes
are reported in print is because the nation's press
is controlled by Jews! . . . the radio and TV net-
works and stations, too."
Miss Robb termed herself "unregenerate." She
explained that "I still hate Nazis, and I believe
young Americans should know what they stood for."

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