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April 08, 1960 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1960-04-08

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS — Friday, April 8, 196 0 —

Canada's First Jewish Farmer Left Neo-Nazism Aired at White House Youth Parley
WASHINGTON, (JTA)—The school curricula embody this ing an honest study of this pe-
Legacy of Success to Future Heirs issue
of Church-State relations proposal in its findings. "We riod, but have left our own edu-
cation process free from criti-

emerged as a major matter of have criticized the German edu-
Jewish interest at the White cational system for not includ- cism about this issue," he said.
House Conference on Children
and Youth, according to Rabbi
March H. Tanenbaum, vice-
chairman of the conference and
executive director of the Syna-
gogue Council of America.
Jewish delegates have raised
a question of neo-Nazism as a
facet of juvenile delinquency
and sought to obtain discussion
of this problem which is not on
the formal agenda. Mrs. Charles
Hymes, president of the Na-
tional Counci'. of Jewish Wo-
Once again we rejoice in our freedoms
men, urged that the responsi-
Again we commemorate the Festival of Lib-
bility of the home, church and
erty with gratitude for the blessings inherent
school for juvenile participa-
tion in anti-Semitic vandalism
in our Americanism and for the great in-
and other forms of prejudice
heritance that goes with the Passsover ..
be made a major item of dis-
On this Festival of Freedom, we rededicate
cussion at the conference.
ourselves anew to the ideals of justice and
A. L. Sachar, president of
Brandeis University, termed the
liberty for all humanity.
present state of mind of youth
as "uncommitted." He said 'it
is not a lost generation. If
anything it is withdrawn. Its
restlessness is not a product of
concern; it is a product of lack
of concern."
Philip M. Klutznick, honorary
international pr,sident of Bnai
Brith, was designated by the
BONN, (JTA)—The Interna- conference to act as chairman
tional Committee at The Hague, of a forum on "Opportunity
which has been investigating Freedom to Participate in Com-
wartime atrocity charges against munity Life and Its Effects_ on
Dr. Theodor Oberlaendef, West the Young."
German Minister for Refugees,
Rep. Seymour Halpern, New
has decided to dissolve itself York Republican, urged the
because of "changed circum- conference to give emphasis in
the nation's schools to the his-
Dr. Oberlaender has been un- tory of Nazi anti-Semitism. He
der fire for months on charges warned that youths in America
of complicity in the massacre were using the swastika as a
during World War II of Jews prankster's symb 1 with "no
in Lemberg, in what was then awareness of the true meaning
of the . hateful swastika."
Nazi-occupied Poland.
He asked Ephraim R. Gom-
The changed circumstances
were understood to refer to the berg, executive director of the
decision of Chancellor Konrad conference, to use his influence
Adenauer's Christian Democrat- to have the forum recommenda-
ic party, of which Dr. Oberlaen- tions committee dealing with
der is a member, to make its
own investigation.
The administrative committee N.Y. Rabbi Refuses
of the Bundestag, lower house to Answer Census
of Parliament, decided to defer
decision on the lifting of the Question on Color
parliamentary immunity enjoy-
School Clothes and Institutions
ed by Dr. Oberlaender. The com-
$1.00 per 100
Herschel Levin, spiritual
mittee's vote to postpone a de-
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cision on the case was based leader of Reform Temple Beth
on the fact that the Federal Sholom of Flushing, said he was
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prosecutor is now probing into ready to risk a federal fine or
the charges against Oberlaen- jail rather than list his color
or that of his family for the
1960 census.
Contending that the question
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was "improper," the 43-year-
old rabbi said he refused "to
have my household listed under
any color category. The United
States Government has not es-
tablished right to ask me either
my race or my color."
He said that several years
ago he declined to give his
color on the half-fare passes
given to clergymen by rail-
roads and that this question
later was dropped • from the
passes by the railroad.
Rabbi Levin also opposed
the fact that the government
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of either answering the ques-
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tion or being liable to imprison-
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ment or fine or both." He said
WHITE FISH exclusively
broth or jelled sauce
that if the question on the
Extends heartiest greetings to all its friends and
with homey thick,
... jumbo or
census form was voluntary, he
and to the entire Jewish Community, for a
would not object to it but he
would still refuse to answer it

Hyam Bernstein was the
first Jewish farmer to settle
on the soil in Canada. He came
from Kovno, Lithuania, to farm
outside Syracuse, N.Y., where
he remained for 10 years be-
fore settling in Lachute, Que-
bec, in 1882.
There, for one year, he had
a little store which served as
headquarters for the Jewish
peddlers of that area. Although
he was a Hebrew scholar, and
from a family given to study,
he believed that the Jews
should be productive on the
Despite the fact that he had
no agricultural training or skill,
he again took up farming at
Gore, seven miles from Lachute
in absolutely virgin country in
1883, three years before we
heard of John Heppner, the
pioneer Jewish farmer, who
settled on a farm near Wapella
in the West.
Bernstein, who was an en-
thusiastic Zionist, remained in
this Scotch settlement of Gore,
until 1888, when he came to
Montreal to become one of the
founders of the Canadian Zion-
ist movement.
With no Jewish neighbors,
he brought up a family on the
farm at Gore. To this day, a
creek running through this land
is called "Bernstein Creek."
A cradle brought from Scot-
land, in which the Bernstein
children were rocked, was later
sold to, and is still in the pos-
session of, the Rogers family,
of Lachute, well known in
Canadian politics.
Hyam Bernstein brought his
nephews (the sons of his sis-
ter), Asher Pierce and Charles
Pierce, from Lithuania. They
left a life of ease to stay with
their uncle, and later, became
instrumental in bringing many

JeWish farmers to Oxbow, in
Western Canada, in that part
of the Northwest Territories,
which later became Saskat-
Charles Pierce was to become
one of the first citizens and
founders of Timmins, Ont.,
which was then only "green
grass" with no promise of the
gold mines that became famous.
The son of Asher Pierce, Sid-
ney Pierce, O.B.S., is now Can-
adian Ambassador in Belgium.
The children of Hyam Bern-
stein contributed greatly to
Jewish development. A daugh-
ter, Mrs. N. Rome (Miriam),
who was born on the Syracuse
farm, now lives in White
Plains, N.Y. Mrs. Louis Fitch
(Minnie), born in Gore, Que-
bec, Micah, born in Lachute,
and Benjamin Bernstein, Q.C.,
all live in Montreal. A grand-
son, Ben Blue, of Hollywood,
is a famous comedian.

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4.1,11 4,6

New York's Mayor Praises
Work of Youth Aliyah


Youth Aliyah movement for
which Hadassah is the official
representative in this country,
is one of the world's model
social' welfare agencies, whose
techniques for rehabilitation
and education of young people
"can well be of benefit to other
countries in combating juvenile
delinquency," Mayor Robert F.
Wagner declared at a ceremony
at the Herzl Institute, where he
proclaimed Sunday "Child's


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We proclaim our faith in our freedom and in the
ultimate triumph of all democratic aims affirmed
in Mosaic laws as we read again from the traditional
Passover Hagadah which admonishes us to perpe-
tuate the message of our great Festival of Freedom.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hordes
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hordes
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wishnetsky
and the Hordes Agency Associates

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