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The Detroit Jewish News, 1960-05-06

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Saute, f tevin, Student of Youth

Problems, Authority on Penology,
Ex-Honduran Consul, Dies at 62

Saul R. Levin, of 2055 W. Bos-
ton Blvd., one of Detroit's most
interesting personalities, a lead-
ing attorney and a leader in the
Consular corps here, died of a
heart attack Monday, at the age
of 62.
Funeral services were held
Tuesday afternoon at Kaufman
Chapel,. Rabbi Morris Adler
officiating. . Hundreds of his
friends and admirers came to
pay final tribute to a man who
for more than 40 years . had
been a part of many important
causes.
At the Clover Hill Park
Cemetery, the service was con-
ducted by Rabbi Irwin Groner.
Surviving him are his wife,
Bess; sons, Carl and Sander,
both attorneys; a daughter, Mrs.
William (Hannah) Gladstone;
three grandchildren; two broth-
ers, Judge Theodore Levin and
Dr. Samuel J. Levin; and three
sisters, Mrs. David Croll, of Tor-
onto, Mrs. Alan Grossman and
Mrs. Henry Yanow.
A younger brother of Saul
Levin, Hoke Levin, died only a
month ago, on March 29. An-
other brother, I. Bayre Levin,
died in 1951.
In February, Levin was re-
appointed by Governor Wil-
liams as a member of the
Michigan Corrections Com-
mission. He had become an
authority on penology and in
recent yes
• proposed drastic
changes in the state's correc-
tions system. He had been at
work on plans to be acted up-
on by the Corrections Com-
mission on drastic changes in
our penal system.
He was earnestly opposed to
capital punishment, he believed
in the necessity for studying
criminology from humanistic
views, in order to arrive at a
solution of many ills in society,
and his views were treated with
great respect and were given
serious attention by his associ-
ates on the Corrections Commis-
sion, to which he had given se-
rious concern and much time
and study.
Levin was opposed to re-
. strictive covenants and by
personal example, as a mem-
- ber of the Boston Boulevard
Residents Association, he co-
operated in efforts - against
racial discrimination in
housing.
Levin was prominent in the
Consular corps, of which he was
a member for many years, com-
mencing in the late 1930's when
he became the Honorary Consul
for Honduras.
He served as Vice Dean of
the Consular Corps here and
was held in high esteem by
foreign diplomats. In addition
to holding the Consular posts
for the Honduras, he also repre-
sented Mexico here on numer-
ous occasions.
He was an expert on inter-
American law, had traveled
widely throughout Latin Amer-
ica, and was well known in
many of the Latin American
capitals where he had visited
and studied conditions on trips
with Mrs. Levin.
His primary interest for
many years was the problem
of youth. Forty years ago, he
already- was active in the
Young Judaea movement, and
he took a deep interest in
young people, often having
made sacrifices in efforts to
direct misguided youth

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towards proper and produc-
tive channels.
With his brother, Theodore,
now Chief Judge of the U. S.
District Court, he formed the
firm of Levin and Levin, in
1920, upon their graduation
from the Detroit College of
Law. That firm has since de-
veloped into the present firm of
Levin, Levin, Garvett and Dill.
Levin was a member of the
board of Parkside Hospital. He
was a member of the Michigan,
American, Inter-American and
Detroit Bar Associations and
was a member of the latter's
grievance committee. He was
associated with the Zionist Or-
ganization, always having been
an ardent supporter of Zionist
and pro-Israel causes, of Bnai
Brith, Congregation S h a a r e y
Zedek and Perfection Lodge
F&AM.
Saul Levin was deeply inter-
ested in Jewish educational ef-
forts and served for many years
as a member of the board of
the United Hebrew Schools.
Norman H. Birnkrant, Aus-
trian Consul in Detroit, headed
a group of Consuls who were
honorary pallbearers at the
funeral. They and the countries
they represented were: Remi
Lawagie, Belgium; Dr. Alberto
Becerra Sierra, Mexico; Wil-
liam K. Weiler, Netherlands;
Edward Johanson, Sweden;
Mark Stevens, Thailand; Ralph
Osborne, Haiti; Vittoria Re,
Italy; Remi de Ramieri, San
Marino; Dr. William Caswell,
Norway; Alexander Gordo n,
Guatemala.
(See Editorial and Commen-
tary, Pages 2 and 4.)

Rothschilds Seek
to Gain Ransom
Paid to Hitler

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)
LONDON — The Rothschild

family acted Tuesday in a bid
to recover part of what may be
the largest ransom ever paid—
the estimated $20,000,000 hand-
ed over to Hitler in 1939 for
the release of Baron Louis de
Rothschild.
The ransom was paid after
the failure of a direct appeal
to Hitler by the Duke of Wind-
sor.
R. D. Wilberforce, London
attorney, appealed to the
foreign compensation commis-
sion to uphold the claim of
Baroness Carlice de Rothschild,
widow of Baron Alphonse de•
Rothschild, to 600 acres of land
included in the ransom. The
Nazis sold the land, then in
German-occupied Poland, to a
German Baroness.
Lady Rothschild is claiming
about $250,000 in compensation
for the land from a fund set up
by the Polish government to
compensate British owners for
property taken over by the
Polish People's Republic.

Anti-Semitism in State Department, Truman Declares

Student: Mr. President, in
your memoirs you mentioned
there was some anti-Semitism
in the State Department.
President Truman: It is still
there.
Student: Mr. President, is
that in regard to policy in the
Near East, or personnel in the
administration?
President Truman: It has
to do with the international
policy, and in the Near East,
and Syria and Iran.

This conversation is taken
from the "Seminar on State-
craft," from the new volume,
"Truman Speaks," by Harry S.
Truman, pub-
lished by Co-
lumbia Uni-
versity Press.
In this vol-
ume are in-
corporated the
lectures by
President Tru-
man, and the
discus s ions
Truman
that followed them, when
the former President spoke at
Columbia University. In addi-
tion to the foreword by Dr.
Grayson Kirk, president of
Columbia University, and an
introduction by Truman, the
latter's lectures were On the

Presidency, On the Constitu-
tion, On Statecraft and On
Hysteria and Witch-Hunting.
President Truman condemned
the Ku Klux Klan and all mani-
festations of bigotry, as well
as "plots dreamed up by anti-
Masons, anti-Catholics, anti-
Negroes and anti-Jews. He told
the participants in the seminars:
"If a man lives by what he

teria at the very beginning un-
til public feeling rises against
it."
"Truman Speaks" will prove
very valuable to students of
government.

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professes to believe, whether
he's a Catholic, a Presby-
terian, a Baptist, or a Jew,
he'll make a good citizen,
because there's a moral code
which was given to us by the
Almighty God himself."

He expressed the view that
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
"had a fair trial. Discussing the
hysteria that was in evidence
during the McCarthy period, he
said: "It seems to me that one
of the lessons of the periods of
hysteria that have recurred is
how very often very responsible
people in high positions are
willing to go along with the hys-

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