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Trace Hore-Belisha Tragedy Tannenbaum-Zivian
to His Jewishness; 'Scandal' Engagement Told
Exposed in 'Private Papers'

Leslie Hore - Belisha was Marshal Sir Cyril Deverell by
Great Britain's Secretary of the much younger Lord Gort,
State for War in the 1930s. He and pointed out to the General
became famous for many things Staff that the Maginot Line
—he gave his
was too short. In addition, he
country a
had become the benefactor of
highway code,
the rank-and-file by introduc-
he instituted
ing welfare services such as
the silent
had never existed before. The
zones and be-
trouble was that the generals
came widely -
didn't like the brash Jewish
known for
politician who had himself
the Belisha
photographed tasting soup in
Beacons, he
the mess or joining in a sing-
was respon-
song with the troops or riding
sible for re- '-
a horse at a jump. They didn't
forms in gov- Hore-Belisha
like him telling them that the
ernment services, and his major pill-boxes weren't very solid,
claim to fame was the reorgan- especially when he told them
MARILYN TANNENBAUM
ization the army which was so in front of their subalterns.
soon to be engaged in a great
Perhaps if Hore-Belisha had
war with the Germans. The taken Machiavelli's advice that - The engagement of Marilyn
democratization of the army, "benefits ought to be given Tannenbaum to Arthur R. Ziv-
thanks to his efforts, marked little by little so that their ian has been announced. Miss
one of the most revolutionary savor might last longer," his Tannenbaum is the daughter of
developments in Britain's mili- career would riot have - been Mrs. Aaron - M. Tannebaum of
tary history, and Hore-Belisha prematurely shattered, and he Greenlawn Ave. and the late
became the idol of the rank himself doomed to silence in Mr. Tannebaum. Her fiance is
and file in the army. But the the face of ingratitude. As the son of Mr. and Mrs. Max
powers disapproved and he was it was, he fell beneath the J. Zivian of Balmoral Dr. A
compelled to resign. It was- a weight of his own cornucopia. winter wedding is planned.
British scandal.
The generals considered him
The facts are made known in a bounder, and Hore:Belisha, Reorganized Symphony
an important book "The Private after leaving the. War Office,
Papers of Hore-Belisha," by was reduced to a few junior Makes Debut in Haifa
R. J. Minney, published by political roles.
The Haifa Symphony Orch-
Doubleday. A noted British
Hore-Belisha was a friend estra entered a new phase as a
journalist and author of 15 of Chamberlain and Churchill. music organization when it
books, Minney had access to all Both admired him. The affec- made a successful- debut as a
of the Hore-Belisha papers, in- tion between them was genuine. professional group under the
cluding his private documents Yet, • the military overruled baton of Sergiu Commissiona in
and day-to-day journal, and the Chamberlain, and when it came the new City Theater in Haifa,
story recorded in his new and to a showdown • Hore-Belisha it was announced by Samuel
sensational book is based on was rejected. When Churchill Rubin, president of the Amer-
these papers.
was appealed to, he turned his ica-Israel Cultural Foundation
Minney's book is, therefore, back on his friend. When the which provides the major sup-
an • authoritative work. The re- question was raised in Parlia- port for the orchestra.
birth of the British army,. under ment, Hore-Belisha received
Frank Pelleg, distinguished
Hore-Belisha's direction, is re- Churchill's insults.
Israeli pianist and usicol • :ist,
viewed here with sincerity and
During the weekend of who performed • -w.
based on facts. In the Minney Hore-Belisha's forced resigna- with the Bos on ' •1.
story the reader is given a full tion, he was fiercely attacked Orchestra, was gu
account of the removal from in articles in Truth magazine'. the first concert.
power of the man who created Eminent counsel who were
The Haifa Or stra, organ-
the revolutionary military approached by the maligned ized 12 years ago by an handful
changes.
statesman advised him that it of amateur musicians, was re-
In his review of Minney's would not be in -the national organized as a professional orch-
book, in the Saturday Review, interest to take action against estra with a complement of 70
Maurice Edelman, a member of the magazine: "The articles musicians, and Maestro Corn-
the British-House of Commons, were blatantly anti-Semitic missiona, Romanian-born con-
himself an author of many and would give comfort, they ductor, was named permanent
books, including "A Call on said to Hitler." There was an music director. Commissiona
Kuprin," stated:
apology from the magazine emigrated to Israel from Bucha-
I was standing in front of later, but at the time the rest, Romania, in 1959 where for
10 years he had achieved dis-
Hore-Belisha when he died at damage was done.
Rheims in 1957. He had been
Hore-Belisha's battle with tinction as conductor of the
leading a Parliamentary dele- Churchill was especially dis- leading ballet and symphony
gation, and had just finished couraging and disturbing. After orchestras.
an anecdote to illustrate the altercations in the House of
difference between the Gallic Commons, June 10, 1941, the Mumford
and Anglo-Saxon tempera. following took place, 'according
Mumford High
an-
ments. It concerned two in- to Minney's account:
nual bake sale
b eld at
scriptions he had seen in the
"At the end of the debate, the school -,all
ednesday.'
visitors' book at the archeolo- when Hore-Belisha left the The event is sp
ored by the
gical site of Hazor while visit- Chamber, he heard heavy Mumford Parents Club, and all
ing Israel. One by a former padding footsteps behind him proceeds -go toward scholarships
French Minister read: "In this which he recognized as the for Mumford students.
cradle of civilization another footsteps of the Prime Min-
Anyone wishing to contribute
yet more splendid will ister. Presently he heard the cookies, cakes, cupcakes, etc.,
flourish." Beneath it an Eng- Prime Minister's voice calling contact Mrs. Marvin Stearn,
lishman had. written, "Damn him by name 'Leslie.' He chairman, UN 4-6568.
good lunch!" Hore-Belisha told stopped and Churchill caught
his story, and then, halfway up with him. 'Come in here,'
Admiralty, the heaviest gun
through a sentence on the Churchill said, gesturing to-
mounted on the original
need for Western unity, col- wards the Smoking Room.
dreadnoughts!'
lapsed and died.
"They walked together to
Hore-Belisha was undeterred.
The place, the situation, the it in silence. As they entered
circumstances, and the theme Churchill pointed to one of He continued to criticize and
could not have been more apt the benches and said sharply, to offer advice and make pro-
for the man. Like Disraeli, rather like a headmaster, 'Sit posals on the conduct of the
Hore-Belisha was an "ibis who down.' Hore-Belisha sat, but war.
His country, recognized
had strayed into the English Churchill remained standing;
woods." Exotic and flam- then, wagging a warning fin- great merits. He was gi
boyant, he made publicity re- ger at him, Churchill said: peerage. In Novem
spectable in British politics. `If you fight me I shall fight became chairman
He left a word to the lan- you back. And remember of Lords Foreign
guage: the Belisha - beacon this: You are using a 5.4- mittee.
that marks our traffic cross- inch howitzer; and I am using
He traveled wi
*sited
ings. He also left a mystery, a 12-inch gun.' Having said Israel three times, • eca e a
which Mr. Minney's excellent this, Churchill turned and good Zionist, began to take an
book goes a long way to solv- walked out of the room. interest in Jewish affairs.
ing. Why, when he was at the (Author's footnote: As stated
His Jewishness, of course,
height of his success as War by Hore-Belisha to the alb., never was a secret. It seems
Mihister, did Mr. Chamberlain thor later on that same day, certain that the Hore-Belisha
sack him?
the 10th June 1941). It is scandal and tragedy was due in
He had democratized the interesting to observe that large measure to his having
British Army, promoted 2,500 the gun he assigned to -Hore- been a Jew.
young officers whose careers Belisha was one of the lighter
had hitherto been blocked by army field pieces, whereas
Hanukah is the only Jewish
an obstinate system of sen- he retained for his own use, festival based on a Jewish
iority, secured the replace- as was only natural for a triumph of arms against its
ment of the aging Field former First Lord of the enemies.

Plan Treblinka Death Camp Memorial

STOCKHOLM, JTA) — The
Polish government will contrib-
ute "a substantial sum" to-
ward the erection of a monu-
ment at the site of the infamods
Treblinka concentration camp,
where tens- of thousands of
Jews perished under the Nazi
regime.
The announcement was
by Salo Fiszgrun
the Jewish Cultural

of Poland, and Dr. Franciznek
Duszenko, a sculptor and lec-
turer at the Academy of Art at
Gdansk (Danzig) Poland. They
came here to purchase granite
for the monument, which, they
said, wil Lost a total of 15 mil-
lion z s (about $180,000).

. J. CLARKE

PHOTOGRAPHY

Weddings

Russia Ignored
Israel's Request for
Material on Eichmann

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Bar Mitzvahs

Formals, Candids, 3 D's, Movies
For Quality Workmanship

Cale Mr. Rosen

UN 1-9000

JERUSALEM — (JTA) —
The Soviet government neve
CARL SIMMS
acknowledged a request by
And His Orchestra
Israel governmen o let I
Formerly with 30 Plus Club
know whether
any materials th
Has a Few Open Dates
vant to the trial o do f Eic
TE 1-0903 Eves.
mann, Minister o ustice Dov
Joseph told the Knesset.
Joseph made the statement
in reply to a4 question on the
Pit
floor of the. Hthite as t w. h
er East Europea
And His
sent any material r
co-
CONTINENTAL
ORCHESTRA
operated with I
in e case
against Eichm
former Ges-
UN 3-7626
tapo colonel accused of crimes
against Jews and crimes against
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humanity in the annihilation of
PLASTIC FURNITURE
6,000,000 European Jews dur-
COVERS
ing the Nazi regime.
MADE TO ORDER
The Justice Min
or READY MADE
that Polan
d
Czechoslov
ide Is- • CALL ANNA KARBAL
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rael with mat
Is relating to
Eichmann. B
aria replied to tg*N*15.g..>,;-.V.C.>"1:K€K>W2,75f.x::;:i..*Ij
the request sent all East Euro-
pean countries on this subject
that it had nothing relevant.
Romania did not send anything.

Rosenow

The first day of Hanukah can
never occur on a Tuesday.

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Dave Diamond

and His Orchestra

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