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November 10, 1961 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1961-11-10

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Knesset OK's
New Cabinet

el's tenth coalition government
was endorsed by theKnesset by
a vote of 63 to 46 after several
hours of sharp debate.
Prime Minister David -Ben-
Gurion presented a four-party
coalition comprised of 16 Min-
isters, 11 of them from Mapai,
three frOm 'the National Reli-
gious party and two from Ach-
dut Avodah. The .fourth party,
Poale Agudas Israel, the ultra-
Orthodox religious workers
party, was represented by a
Deputy MiniStry. The' new coali-
tion commands 68 of the 120
Knesset seats.
Ben-Gurion retains the two
posts of Premier and Defense
Minister. Levi Eshkol remains
Finance Minister. Mrs. Golda
Meir retains the post of Foreign
Minister; Abba Eban, the Edu-
cational and Culture Ministry,
Moshe Dayan, the Agriculture
Ministry; Pinhas Sapir was re-
named to the Ministry of Com-
merce and Industry, and Bihor
Shitreet, to Police.
Giora Josepthal, former La-
bor Minister, was named De-
velopment Minister; Dov Jos-
eph, Justice Minister; Yosef
Almogi, Minister without Port-
folio; Eliyahu Sassoon, Minister
of Posts and Telegraph; Moshe
Shapiro, Minister of the Inter-
ior and Health; Josepf Burg,
Social Welfare; Zorach War-
haftig, Religious Affairs. The
two Achdut Avodah portfolios
are Communications, to Yitzhak
Benaharon, and Labor to Yigal
Shapiro was given the Health
portfolio on a temporary basis,
the post being held for Mapam,
should that party change its
mind and decide to join the
Three Deputy Ministers are
Shimon Peres, of Mapai; Yitz-
hak Rafael, of the National Re-
ligious Party, and Kalman Ka-
bane, of Poale Agudas Israel.
The appointment of Sassoon
was a concession to Sefardi de-
mands for greater representa-
tion. Shitreet also is a Sefardi.
Mr. Sassoon who has been serv-
ing as Minister to Switzerland,
has the record of the longest
diplomatic service since Israel
Was established. He • previously
represented Israel in Turkey
and later in Italy.
The new coalition is the ninth
under Ben-Gurion as Premier.
Moshe Sharett was Prime Min-
ister for the 'other coalition. It
differs from the prior govern-
ment by the absence of Mapam
-and the presence of Poale Agu-
das Israel. The Progressive
party and the General Zionists,
now merged into the Liberal
Party, are not represented in the
new government.

Fishing Debut in Atlantic
Made by New Israel Trawler

Fishing in Atlantic waters for
the first time with a newly ac-
quired trawler has brought
Israel close to its goal of reach-
ing self-sufficiency in supplying
all local fish demand of some
20,000 tons annually by 1962.
Currently Israel produces about
8,000 tons of pond-bred fish,
while deep-sea fishing in other
than Atlantic waters yields about
5,000 tons annually, and the
balance is being imported.
The fishing trawler, bearing
the Biblical name Azgad and
flying the Israel flag, was pur-
chased and outfitted in Norway
with capital provided by private
Canadian and Israel interests in
partnership with Rassco Rural
and Suburban Settlement Co.


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Ravitz Elected
to City Council

Firm to Compensate
Jews Who Worked
as Slave Laborers

About 5,000 Jews who had
worked as forced laborers, dur-
ing the Hitler regime, in the
I. G. Farben factories, have
received compensation totaling
approximately 22,000,000 marks
($5,500,000), it was announced
by the Compensation Trust, a
subsidiary of the Conference
on Jewish Material Claims
Against' Germany.
The Trust is the agency
commissioned by . the Confer-
ence adjudicate claims against
I. G. Farben resulting 'from an
agreement by the big West
German industrial complex to
compensate Jews impressed
into service during World
War II.
A total of 9,800 claims for
compensation as a result ; of
this agreement have been filed,
Trust officials told the Jewish
Telegraphic Agency, all but,-
300 of the claims "did not meet..
the requirements of the agree-
ment." The officials said that
1,500 cases are still being
processed, and there is avail-
able about 5,000,000 marks
($1,250,000) to satisfy claims
that might be approved.
The Trust is aided in its
determination by an advisory
board consisting of former
Auschwitz concentration camp
victims and former impressed
I. G. Farben laborers living-• in
Israel, the United States, Aus-
tralia, and several European
countries. Almost a third of the
claimants are now residents of
Israel, North America or coun-
tries outside Europe.

President of Rome
Jewish Community
to Lecture in U.S. .

RO1VIE, (JTA) — Prof. Fausto
Pitigliano, president of the Jew-
ish Commimity of Rome, is leav-
ing for a two-month visit to the
United States during which he
will lecture on the recent dis-
covery at Ostia, the harbor of
ancient Rome, of the remains
of a monumental synagogue
building believed to date back
to between the fifth and second
centuries before the Common
The discovery of the remains
of the synagogue, believed to be
the most ancient Jewish monu-
ment in the world outside of
Palestine, was announced last
September by Chief Rabbi Elio

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Dr. Mel J. ,Ravitz, professor.
of sociology at Wayne State
University, on Tuesday was
elected a member of the Detroit
nine-man Common Council.
Dr. Ravitz is the first Jew
to be elected to the Council
since 1920. The first and only
other Jew to serve in the Coun-


cil was the late David W. Sim-
ons, venerable civic, religious,
and philanthropic leader, who
was elected to the first- nine-man
Common Council in 1918. He
was at that time president of
Congregation Shaarey Zedek.
Jerome P. Cavanagh, newly-
elected Mayor, is receiving
scores of 'congratulatory mes-
sages from communal leaders
of all faiths.

Physician Charged With
Aiding in Nazi Murders
KIEL, (JTA) — Proceedings
that may lead to .a trial were
ordered by the Circuit Court
against Dr. Bruno Bourweig, a
physician now employed by the
West German Defense Ministry,
on charges that, l during World
War II, he aided Dr. Werner
Heyde, the noted "euthanasia
doctor." The latter is scheduled
to go on trial at Limburg next
February on charges of conduct-
ing a program of "mercy kill-
ings" for the Nazi regime.
Dr. Bourweig is now em-
ployed by the Defense Ministry
at the Military Hospital Insti-
tute at Freiburg. Previously, he
was psychiatric adviser to the
Social Court at Flensburg. He
has also been employed as army
personnel chief in the state of

Austria to Aid Needy Victims


(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

VIENNA — Chancellor Alfons
Gorbach announced in Parliament
Wednesday that preparations had
been completed to make advance
compensation payments before

Trans-Atlantic Traffic
on El-Al Jumps 37%

NEW YORK, (JTA)—Trans-
Atlantic traffic carried by El Al
Israel Airlines during the first
six months, of 1961 rose 37' per
cent over the same period in
1960, the airline announced.
This compares with an over-
all increase in trans-Atlantic
air passengers of 10 per cent
for same period. The increase
in passengers combined with a
34.5 per cent rise in seating
capacity, brought El Al's pay-
load for the first half of 1961 to
59.1 per cent, the highest load
factor for trans-Atlantic' flights
of any airline.
El Al carried 17,074 passen-
gers in and out of New York's
International Airport during
the period reported, compared
with 12,453 for the first six
months of 1960.
The introduction of Boeing
707 jet flights and the expan-
sion of the trans-Atlantic sched-
ule to eight, round trip flights
per week brought the airline's
seating capacity to 29,000, a
34.5 per cent increase over the
21,510 seats -available during
the first half of last year.

Christmas to certain groups of
aged and needy victims of the
Nazi period in Austria.
He made the statement in re-
ply to moves by the Socialist
Party in the finance committee
in which discussions had been
held on the possibility of such
advance payments to victims en-
titled to such payments under
the 12th amendment to the vic-
tims restitution law which parli-
ament approved last year, but
which has so far not been imple-
Socialist Deputy Rosa Hoch-
man noted that the new law can-
not go into effect until the West
German Bundestag ratifies an
Austrian West German agree-
ment which provides a substan-
tial West German contribution to
the Austrian fund for such pay-
ments. The deputy added that
since West German ratification
cannot be expected in the near
future, the Austrian government
should proceed with advance

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