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THE DETRO IT JEWIS H NEW S — Fr iday, November 24, 196 1 -

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Purely Commentary

By PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

Briscoe, Berinstein, Local Leaders Address
Bond Dinner;Detroit Nears $1,300,000 Goal

Detroit's Israel Bond Organi- paigns he frankly spoke of his

introducing

Briscoe,
Anti-Semitism—'Rubbish Leagued in Diabolical Conspiracy' zation last- Saturday night came Jewish interests and that, in spoke of his Mayor
"human personal
very close to reaching the

1961 turn, his Christian fellow-Irish qualities, his wit, his person-
H. R. Trevor-Roper, distinguished historian, Regius Pro-
fessor of Modern History . at Oxford University, England, whose goal of $1,300,000—to mark Is- told him: "We would have lost ality." He spoke of "his• syn-
"The Last Days of Hitler" and other works are among the most rael's 13th anniversary—at the confidence in you if you had thesis as an Irishman and as a
authoritative studies of the holocaust that struck the world enthusiastic gathering held at lost interest in your own peo- Jew which has . become a union
and Jewry under Hitlerism, recently expressed his views on the Statler Hilton Hotel.
ple. We would have lost trust of the Shamrock and the .yar-
anti-Semitism in an article, "Eichmann Is Not Unique , " in the
The dinner meeting, given in in you if you had not been loyal mulke."
New York Times Magazine._ In the course of that article, honor • of Israel Prime Minister to your own kinsmen and if
"Mayor Briscoe is an Irish
Trevor-Roper wrote:
David Ben-Gurion's 75th birth- you had betrayed them you patriarch and humanitarian and
day,
featured,
addresses
by
might
have
also
betrayed
us.
"It was in Vienna, at the end of the last century, that
as a Jew he is dedicated to his
the fanatical anti-Semitic Mayor Lueger (whose views - later Lord Mayor Robert Briscoe of Therefore we trust you because own community and at the same
inspired Hitler) horrified Theodor Herzl into his 'Zionist' Dublin and UJA National Chair- you have your loyalty to your time he serves world Jewry,
man Morris W. Berinstein and kin."
vision: the vision of an escape for European Jewry into a new
dedicating himself also to Is-
by local leaders.
Briscoe expressed pride in rael," Rabbi Adler said.
Jewish state in Palestinee. It was in Austria, too, in Hitler's
Ireland's friendship for Is-
home town of Linz, that Adolf Eichmann was brought up, feed-
Local leaders who joined in
In addition to the Jewish
rael. He said that the trade
ing his thin mind on such anti-Semitic rubbish as the forged
honoring Ben-Gurion and
Bond purchasers, a number
relations are good and that
Protocols of Zion, which represented the Jews, like the sev-
Briscoe and in emphasizing
of non-Jews present bought
the balance of trade today
enteenth-century witches, as leagued in diabolical conspiracy
the importance of the Israel
Bonds.
between
the.
two
nations
is
in
to ruin mankind.
Bond drive included Torn Bor-
Holtzman added to the ap-
Israel's
favor-14
to
1.
He
man, chairman of the Detroit
"What began in Vienna was transferred to Germany. De-
peals
of the guest speakers by
ll
recaed the aid given by Ire-
Bond Committee; Irwin
pressed and defeated Germany, after 1918, was a natural
land to refugees from Nazism urging increased interest in the
I. Cohn
presided; . Jo-
seedbed of anti-Semitism. Left to itself, German anti-Semitism
an
and he expressed confidence investment effort.
seph Holtzman, Rabbis Mor-
would no doubt have continued to ferment under the surface,
Fisher brought community
that the friendship between
ris
Adler
and
Jacob
E.
Segal,
as it has often done in many societies, breaking out inter-
greetings
to the guest of the
the
two
countries
will
con-
David Safran, Max M. Fisher
mittently here and there. But, by a terrible accident of history,
evening.
time unhampered.
and Mrs. Joeseph Katchke.
the demagogue who set out to capture power in Germany in
.
Corporation Counsel Nathan-
the Nineteen Twenties happened to be also the greatest of anti-
In an address that stirred the
Briscoe was given many re
iel H. Goldstick brought the
Semitic agitators. It was as if one of the fanatical friars of the gathering, Berinstein recounted ceptions here—at the airport on - - greetings
of Mayor
C.
fifteenth of sixteenth centuries had made himself Pope or King
his experiences in Israel when Friday up his arrival here, at .'Pat" Quinn
spoke Miriani.
in behalf
of Spain—and had also wielded all the resources of the modern newcomers struggled to attain the City Hall that afternoon, at
state.
economic security, when -immi- a welcoming ceremony by of the United Irish Societies
grants
lived in Maabaroth and Mayor Miriani and private af- of Detroit. The opening and
"The Germany of Hitler's Kampfzeit was the Germany of
closing prayers were given by
the- Great Depression, in which the middle classes lost their grave dangers faced the new fairs. The Dublin Mayor at-
Rabbis Benjamin H. Gorrelick
savings and the working classes their jobs. In his pursuit of nation. He pointed to the new tended religious services at and Yaaco'v I. Homnick.
developments, Which have Temple Beth El on Saturday
power, Hitler exploited these facts. He set out to focus all the
national frustrations of a defeated people and all the social raised Israel's standards and morning, accompanied by a
frustrations of a dispossessed people against the historic 'out- have improved the country's se- friend of many years and a for- 3 Students Arrested
group' in their midst, whom he never ceased to designate as curity, and he appealed for a mer associate in Ireland—Louis for Singing Nazi Songs
generous response to the Israel Elliman, well known Detroit in-
`sub-human.' By the .time his power was complete, he had
VIENNA, (JTA)—Police ar-
Bond appeals, declaring that dustrialist.
created an image of the Jews: they were a stereotype, not
Bond dollars still - are urgently
human beings; and against that hated abstraction, an army of
A major feature of the din- rested three students who were
needed to give the newcomers ner program was the tribute singing Nazi songs on one of
insignificant, faceless bureaucrats obediently issued -the decree
in the land courage.
of death. •
to Ben-Gurion by Rabbi Segal. the main streets here.
"We must help the new set- Reviewing the Israel Prime Min-
The students, who were not
So the EichmannS.-Went into - action. Lest they remember
that they were murdering human beings, they piously averted tlers become dignified citizens, ister's life in all its stages, intoxicated, were overpowered
their . eyes; they used anodyne forniulas, `dispoSal,' . 'dispatch possessing all the qualities in- Rabbi Segal said he could not after a brief fist fight when
herent in statehood," Berin- think of the Israel Prime Min- they resisted arrest.
to the East,' final solution'; and even now they cannot be
brought to admit that they actually harmed any human being. stein said, "and we must pro- ister as an old man, but as a
The Austrian Resistance
vide the means with which they great creative force.
One will admit to passing on an order; another to 'arranging
Movement has established a
can do so—on a loan basis. Is-
transport; a third_ to superintending arrival; a fourth to select-
"The rebirth of the Jewish special Working committee
ing those fit for work; a fifth opened the doors of the `disin- rael Bond dollars make that pos- people is symbolized in the life against neo-Nazism in Austria.
fecting hall.' Then there is a pause, during which no one is sible." He appealed for vastly of Ben-Gu•ion," Rabbi Segal The move followed growing
increased investments to attain said. "He has shaped his peo- signs of increasing neo-Nazi
responsible. After.that a sixth removed the corpses; a seventh
extracted the rings and teeth, an eighth fed the corpses—to the the goal of security and eco- pie's destiny."
activities threatening the demo-
flames . . .
nomic stability for Israel. Rabbi Adler, in his address cratic system, it was reported.
"Adolf Eichmann is the personification of all these men.
Dublin's Jewish Lord Mayor
O41■,

Briscoe, who was given a
Soon he - will be found guilty or not guilty; if guilty, he will
rousing ovation by the large
be sentenced to death or otherwise. His fate is unimportant.
i
Boris Smolar's
gathering which included
What is important is that he should have no successor. But I
many public officials and
do not believe that this depends on his fate. If anti-Semitism
is never again to find so horrible an expression, we must turn
Irish leaders, spoke of Israel
as a good security, and urged
away from Eichmann and seek to understand the workings of
the widest support for the I
society, to prevent discrimination against 'out-groups,' to
Israel Bond drive. Likening
educate ourselves, and (not least) to use language correctly:
not to call human beings `sub-human'; to say -`murder,' not
Israel to Ireland, he said both I
(Copyright, 1961,
have emerged as vital nations
`disposal,' when we mean murder, and to know what that
Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc.)
means."
because both are "prepared
- Trevor-Roper consistently battles against prejudices, and to die for national preserva- Jewish Heritage
he views anti-Semitism bluntly, refusing to be misled by the - tion and to do the job for
Much is being spoken of now by American Jewish leaders on
the importance of maintaining the - Jewish heritage" . . . By that
"rubbish" that has flooded the earth in the bigotry campaigns themselves.
against the basic rights of human beings. If the Eichmann trial,
Briscoe said that in his 34 is meant inspiring American-born Jewish youth to understand
now drawing to a new climax, will in any form whatever serve years as a member of the Irish g reat cultural values of Jewish learning amend to preserve them the
. .
to enlighten mankind along the lines drawn by the distinguished Parliament, the 30 years as a However, there is also another kind of Jewish heritage which
British scholar, it will have served an historic purpose.
member of the Dublin City. American Jewry is not only preserving, but stands today in its
Meanwhile, new issues related to the anti-Semitic canards Council and in his present sec- forefront as an example to Jews in other countries .. . It is the
arrogantly straddle along and enter the arena of world affairs. ond term as Dublin's Mayor he heritage of charity—Tzedakah—the tradition of which goes way
Soviet Russia once again has reverted to anti-Semitism, and has not given up his responsibil- back to the Bible and Talmud . . . The basic Biblical injunctions
there is the inevitable attempt to describe the attitudes of men ities as a Jew while pursuing concerning welfare practices of individuals and communities have
like Khrushchev who must be held responsible for what is hap- his duties as a citizen. been considered obligatory throughout the thousands of post-
pening in the Soviet Union. Another respected student of world
He completely discredited the Biblical years ... Individual helpfulness and mutual aid were part
affairs, C. L. Sulzberger, the distinguished New York Times fears of those who doubt the and parcel of JeN,Vish life in every country of the Diaspora . . . They
foreign correspondent, in a recent article, after his interviews loyalties of those who, as Amer- were ingrained in the mores of every Jewish group and community
with Khrushchev, made this comparison between Hitler and the icans, are devoting themselves in the medieval and modern periods of history ... They found their
Soviet Premier:
to Israel's cause and he said expression through self-taxation in many communities in central
"Hitler was a violent, neurotic racist who slaughtered that in his own political cam- and eastern Europe . . . In some countries—as in Germany before
Jews and Gypsies for no other "crime" than - their origin.
Hitler—the Jewish communities even had the authority to impose
Khrushchev has intimated in the past that he suffers the
a special tax on Kosher slaughtering for the purpose of supporting
a madman, a fact that neces-
frequent .Russian and Ukrainian prejudice of anti-Semitism.
sarily affected our political charitable institutions . . . In Poland and other East European
But he doesn't . want to turn all Jews into 'soap.
countries the Kehillas played no small role in charitable activities,
judgments."
- "Hitler was the very symbol of terror. He took over a
With all due respect to Sulz- even after World War I, when the Joint Distribution Committee
relatively sane system and turned it into a madhouse of berger's ability to analyze world was aiding poor Jews there . • . This tradition was implanted among.
fanatics and jails. Khrushchev, shortly after the original Ma- events and to judge those who Jews in this country many years before the large Jewish immigra-
lenkov thaw, continued to change Stalin's Soviet prison into a pompously strut and swagger on tion into the United States started . . . It reached its high point
far gentler autocracy. He restricted the secret police. and
the international arena, one is when Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds raised more than
opened the doors of concentration camps. Whatever we may compelled to ask whether a $2,000,000,000 during the last 15 years for welfare work for Jews
think of Mr. Khrushchev, he has made life better, not worse, Khrushchev, who has tried to in the U.S. and abroad.
rit
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for the average Soviet citizen, much as he bullies the satellites deny personal anti-Semitism—
and threatens the rest of us. •
The
American
Story
even by pointing to . marriages
"If we wish to call Mr. Khrushchev names, let us look to Jews within his own family—
The story of the growth and achievements of American Jewry
for more accurate ones. The situation is quite bad enough is less a madman than Hitler in the field of philanthrophic work is now told by Harry L. Ltirie,
without bandying unnecessary insults. The word "Hitler" is the
was. The tide of history may be the "architect" of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare
very most offensive word that can be applied to any Russian
"immutably with him, but un- Funds, in a book entitled "A Heritage Affirmed," published by the
nowadays.
less the "miscalculations" at- Jewish Publication Society . . . I recommend it as required reading
"No American, accused by Moscow of deception, shall we tributed to him are atoned for, to every Jew interested in the history of American Jewry in gen-
say, would relish being called a 'Benedict Arnold,' an appella- it
will be impossible to judge eral ... And it is a "must" for every Jewish social worker and for
tion peculiarly insulting to us. There is no use adding inappro- him as one who acts rationally.
social work students . . . No other person could be as qualified to
priate fighting words to a situation already approaching war. His.
condoning of anti 7Semitism write such a volume as is Mr. Lurie . . .
Let us call things and people what they are without distortion. as well as his ruthless militancy brought organized Jewish communal work He was one of those who
to the position of im-
"I believe Mr. Khrushchev is tough, relentlessly ruthless,
in dealing with international portance and high prestige it enjoys now . .. Highly respected and
coldly scheming and controlled, convinced by what I person- matters compel the view that he loved
as executive head of the Council of Jewish Federations and
ally consider his miscalculation that the tide of history is
immutably with him. But, unlike Hitler, I consider him is pursuing Hitler's methods, Welfare Funds since its establishment in 1932, he played a leading
and such methods spell mad- role, until his retirement several years ago, guiding American
entirely normal and human. With Hitler we were dealing with

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