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The Detroit Jewish News, 1960-08-19

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS—Friday, August 19, 1960- 1 2

Allegro's 'Treasure of the Copper West German Exhibit Shows Role of Jews
Urge Defectors
World Culture; Opens Nov. 3
Return to Parent Scroll' ... Is It a Biased Account? Within
BONN, (JTA) — The role of i other cities are in progress.
It was only when the Romans Jews in world culture will be i A large number of exhibition
In "The Treasure of the Cop-
Agudat Israel
per Scroll," John Marco Al- had defeated the Bar Kochba depicted in West Germany at I pieces will came from the

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

JERUSALEM — Some 10,000
persons attended a rally in
Bnai Brak Wednesday at which
the Gerer Rebbe urged modera-
tion and restraint on members of
Agudat Israel who gathered to
protest the independent action
of the Poalei Agudat Israel fac-
tion in leaving the parent orga-
nization and joining the gov-
ernment coalition.
The rally followed a series of
violent outbreaks by extremists
of the Agudat Israel party
against leaders and offices of
the Agudah workers' faction.
Expressing his regret at the
def2 . - .ttion by Poalei Agudat Is-
rael, who, he said, had played
a great role in the strengthen-
ing of orthodoxy in Israel, the
Gerer Rebbe called upon Agu-
dah members to make all-out
efforts for peaceful understand-
ing and urged them to desist
from quarreling.
He recalled the Talmudic
saying that the temple was
destroyed only because of
"sinnas hinam" (unwarranted
hatred).
Among the other speakers at
the rally was Rabbi Zalman
Surotzkin, head of the Moetzet
Gdolei Hatorah (Agudah Coun-
cil of Sages), who demanded
that the defectors return to the
fold.

Israel Welcomes
Sierra Leone Envoys

JERUSALEM, (JTA) — A
delegation from Sierra Leone
headed by Minister for Con-
struction Rogers Wright ar-
rived in Israel for a study of
development and ec onomic
problems. and will discuss the
possibilities of economic and
technical cooperation between
Sierra Leone and Israel.
During their visit an agree-
ment is expected to be signed
whereby Spiel B o n e h and a
Sierra Leone company will
jointly build the new African
nation's parliament building.
A second delegation from
Sierra Leone consisting of ag-
ricultural students also arrived'
today. The group of 22 honor
students will take a year's
course at the Weizmann Insti-
tute and will later receive prac-
tical training at various
kibbutzim.

Radio Free Europe broadcasts
religious services to the Com-
munist-dominated people who
are • denied freedom of religion.

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Greeting Coupon

legro, who has figured prom-
inently in sensational news
about the discovery of the Dead
Sea Scrolls, describes the open-
ing and decipherment of the
mysterious scrolls. His book,
published by Doubleday, has
many illustrations, relief_ maps,
plates showing the location of
historic spots, line drawings
and reproductions of portions
of the scroll described. This
volume is defined as "a unique
inventory of the buried treas-
ure."
At the time the book was
written, Allegro states, the text
of the copper scroll had not yet
been published, although the
discovery was made seven years
earlier.
"My own work on the docu-
ment," he writes, "began with
its original decipherment on
our cutting it open in Man-
chester in 1955." He was in-
vited in 1957 to publish the
text by the then Director of
Antiquities of the Hashemite
Kingdom of Jordan.
Allegro goes into great de-
tail to describe the discovery
and the opening of the scroll.
Reproductions of it are accom-
panied on parallel pages by a
translation.
The author describes the
Jericho and Jerusalem areas to
which the treasured texts make
reference.
"The locations covered by
our treasure inventory," Al-
legro writes, "seem to me to
fall into three main areas:
Sites about the Dead Sea (in-
cluding Qumran), The envir-
ons of Jericho • and Jerusa-
lem." He describes these
areas at length in this book.
The treasure is described in
the two copper scrolls. Revela-
tion of it created a sensation
at the time the discovery was
announced five years ago.
Asking the question, "Who
Hid the Treasure?", he de-
clares: "Whoever buried the
treasure of our scroll had ac-
cess to the Temple before its
destruction in the late summer
of 70 A.D."
He proceeds to describe the
brigands who joined the Zeal-
ots, tells the story of the revolt
against the Rdmans and the
burial of treasures plundered
by the rebels and declares:
"The pillage of money and
food which Josephus makes the
main purpose of Zealot raids
was not just wanton banditry.
Money was required for fight-
ing the Romans in what was
clearly to the Zealots and their
supporters a holy war."

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warriors at Masada, three years
after Titus had entered and
destroyed Jerusalem, that "the
Romans could reckon the re-
volt in Palestine utterly sup-
pressed. The dust of war slowly
settled over the unhappy land;
the Zealots were dead or scat-
tered into exile; their scroll
of sacred treasures lay undis-
turbed and unclaimed in a cave
by the Dead Sea."
This is the copper scroll de-
scribed by Allegro.
"By gracious permission,"
Allegro has dedicated the
book "with the author's pro-
found admiration and respect
to His Majesty King Hussein
of Jordan."
Allegro advocates expansion
of archaeological activities and
"the establishment in Jordan
of an advanced institute for
Near Eastern studies." He
adds: "To such a center could
come men and women from all
parts of the world to train and
study with their Arab friends in
all aspects of Near Eastern his-
tory and culture, entirely free
from political and religious
pressures."
Then he makes this curious
statement: "The Dead Sea
scrolls have the potentiality of
a bridge between at least two
of the world's great religions.
They have come into the trus-
teeship of a third. Whether
this potentiality can ever be
fully realized depends on the
ability of the world to keep
their finding, publication, and
interpretation free from the
kind of obscurantism and sec-
tarian interests they have. the
power to surmount . - ."
Here is an archaeologist who
pleads for culture free from
political and religious pres-
sures, yet he advocates joint
efforts by only two of the three
great religions — apparently
eliminating the third — the par-
ent of the other two religions
and the trustee of the scrolls!
Is this an unbiased view?
When one reads such an ap-
proach, he must wonder what
can possibly motivate the think-
ing of a "scholar" who, while
pleading for freedom from
pressure, resorts to pressure in
favor of Arab Jordan while ig-
noring the role of Israel in
archaeological planning.
—P. S.

Deplore USSR Ban
on Emigration' of
Jews to Israel

JERUSALEM, (JTA) — Re-
gret that the Soviet government
had ignored requests for Jewish
emigration from the Soviet
Union was expressed in the
Knesset by Foreign Minister
Golda Meir. Mrs. Meir disclosed
that 9,236 requests have been
submitted by Israelis for rela-
tives in the Soviet Union to
emigrate to Israel but that only
a few had succeeded in obtain-
ing the necessary permission.
Mrs. Meir said that the In-
ternational Red Cross was asked
to intervene on behalf of the
applicants. The reply was re-
ceived that the Soviet authori-
ties did not see sufficient reason
to grant the requests, in spite of
the fact that many applications
were "compassionate cases" in-
volving the reuniting of hus-
bands and wives and parents
and children.
The Israel Foreign Minister
reported on the migration re-
quests for Soviet Jews in reply
to a question in the House con-
cerning a remark by Premier
Khrushchev at a press con-
ference July 9 in which the
Soviet Premier had stated that
there were no applications from
Soviet Jews or others seeking
to migrate to Israel.

an exhibition entitled "Syna- j world-renowned Strauss-Roths-
goga" which is now in prepara- I child c olle c tion (Collection
non, it was announced by the '1 Cluny, Paris). Assistance . in
Information Office of the fed-Isetting up the exhibition has
eral government.
I been promised by Mr. Kahane,
d director of antiquities at the
The exhibition will take place
in the city of Recklinghausen, Jerusalem Museum, and by the
in the Ruhr. It will show ex- cultural division of the .Israeli
amples of Jewish contribution Foreign Office.
to the culture of all nations.
The exhibition will open Nov.
3 and run till Jan. 15.
From most of the world's
major museums and collections
characteristic p a i n tings and
World Jewish Congress suc
sculptures as well as specimens cess in helping trace eye-
of the goldsmith's and printer's witnesses to Nazi crimes has
art have been promised for the resulted in two more requests
exhibition. The investigation of from West Germany prosecut-
possible sources of material ing attorneys working on two
brought to light, for instance, different atrocity cases.
a genuine Tabernacle, which
Witnesses sought lived either
was in use during the 18th cen- in Bialystok or Sluzk in Poland,
tury at Horb, Wurttemberg. It and are requested to contact
is in the possession of the Mu- Dr. Nehemiah Robinson, direc-
nicipal Museum at Bamberg.
tor of the World Jewish Con-
A special section of the ex- gress Institute of Jewish Af-
hibition will be devoted to re- fairs, 15 E. 84 St., New York
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from many eras of history with
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