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January 19, 1962 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1962-01-19

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Catholic Church in Spain Acts
to Better Relations with Jews

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

MADRID—For the first time
in centuries, the C a t h o l i c
Church in Spain is taking steps
to improve relations between
Catholics and Jews, it was re-
vealed here Tuesday during an
interview by a Jewish Tele-
graphic Agency correspondent
with Max Mazin, president of
the Madrid Jewish Community.
As result of disclosures • dur-
ing-the Adolf Eichmann trial
in Israel last year indicating
that "many Nazis, pro-Nazis and
former Nazis" had taken refuge
in Spain, Mazin said he dis-
cussed Catholic-Jewish relations
here with Monsignor Lahi-
guera, Deputy Bishop of Madrid.

"The Monsignor," said Ma-
zin, "showed interest in the
problem and expressed his


Letter Box-,

Rabbi Adler Defends
'Tenth Man' Artistry

Editor, The Jewish News:
There is a great deal of cur-
rent discussion about Paddy
Chayefsky's play "The Tenth
Man." I do not intend to add fire
to the discussion which appears
to have generated already more
heat than any other drama in
recent years. I wish to do no
more than to point up several
criteria of judgment which have
been invoked, which I believe
to be entirely extraneous.
The question is not what im-
pact Jewish characters in a
play will make on non-Jewish
playgoers, but are the Jews who
are portrayed authentic or not?
Has the dramatist honestly de-
picted an aspect of Jewish life,
however unpleasant or unflat-
tering it may be, or has he
distorted or fabricated it? In a
ward, the criterion of judgment
is not, to use a popular phrase
"whether it is good for Jews,"
but whether it is true or not.
A play by a Jewish author
- should not be, evaluated in
terms of its contribution to
good community relations. The
artist is not a propagandist. We
would stifle all hope for Jew-
ish creativity in the arts if we
were to make the artist the
defender of the Jewish name
or the fighter for Jewish rights.
He must be permitted freely to
deal with Jewish subjects and
to speak the truth, however un-
palatable, as he sees it. There
is a time and an instrument for
community relations and a time
and a medium for art and the
-two are not to be seen as iden-
tical and- interchangeable. The
discussion centering about "The
Tenth Man" would be more val-
uable and illuminating if the
questions discussed were, "Is it
true to life?" "Is it dramatical-
ly effective?" "Does it reveal
aristic integrity?" "Does it com-
municate a significant insight?"
Sincerely yours,

Rabbi Arm Differs
With 'Tenth' Critics

Rabbi Milton Arm of Congre-
gation Ahavas Achim took
sharp issue with the detractors
of "The Tenth Man" in a ser-
mon delivered from his pulpit
Growing out of the discus- last Sabbath morning. Reject-
sions with the Deputy Bishop, ing the notion that the play was
Mazin said; have been the series farcical in its characterization
of meetings between leading of Jewish types and harmful to
Jews here and the Propaganda the favorable image that Jews
Popular Catlica. PPC issued a would like to create for non-
pamphlet sharply criticizing Jews, Rabbi Arm stated that
"teaching of contempt"_ against the play's authcr, Paddy Chay
Jews and declaring "in no way • fsky, had depicted his charac
can a Christian reproach the ters with. accuracy and under
entire Jewish people for the standing without making them
assassination of Christ.
the butt of mockery as some
`A. series of false anti-Chris- have charged.
tian ideas unfortunately persist-
"The Jewish types in 'The
ing up to our days have sup- Tenth
Man' were not thieves
plied a pretext to commit thou- and frauds.
They showed far
sands of horrors against the more sympathetic
feeling for
God-chosen people."
Twenty-thousand copies of the plight of the troubled girl
her modern parents who
the pamphlet were sold in the than rejected
her from child-
first few days after its publi- had
hood and acquiesced very read-
cation and a second printing ily
that she spend her entire
was issued, said Mazin. Later,
in mental institutions.
a Christian-Jewish action
"Perhaps the timid self-con-
group called "Amistad Judeo
Christiana," was organized. scious Jew who squirmed in
The group adopted a program his seat because of his concer
aimed at eradication of preju- for the possible negative r
dice against Jews and the tion of the non-Jew req
promotion of mutual under- radical form of exorci
standing among Christians lease him from his `ga
tality and fear.
and Jews.
- The executive board of the
modern Jew
"Who is t
new organization includes a who is sup
dly creating that
representative of the Bishop of favorable
age in the eyes
Madrid, the Mother Supe'rior the n
ewish world?
of the Order of Our Lady of the
e who has ob
Zion, Mazin and Louis Blitz, him f and h .
honorary president of the Mad- ne bor so that
Ike lin,
rid Jewish Community.
tary an
daily 1V
"In my opinion," Mazin said, S bath
nce are
"this new attitude of the Span-
they are
ange to hi
ish clergy which finds inspira-
the non-Jew. r is it t one
tion and support also in the
o upholds ith dig
spirit animating Pope John
gious belie s and
XXIII toward the Jews is one t
gh they vary g tly from
of the most important and en- th attern of no ewish soci-
couraging events in the history ety?
of Christian Jewish relations in
that Jews ought
"It is
this land."
to concede to their fellow Jews
There are 3,500 Jews in Spain their right to be different for
is this not one of the corner-
stones of the American way of
Romania's Chief Rabbi life?"

desire to cooperate. From
then on, joint Christian-Jew-
ish initiatives have multi-


N.Y. State Bod Postpones Ruling,
wish MeasureS
o1 2 ARAM

TA) — The
New York
ate Commi sion
Against D . rimination po
east two month
ed for
a long serie
mov designed to en
ina n against the e
of ews by Ara
-America Oil
erates vas
ies in Saud
After two
er panel of
here by a th
, SCAD Ordered
•ts commissio
for the American
e attor
ongress, which initiated
the - anti-bias fight, and counsel
for Aramco to -file briefs by Feb.
19. '
After the date, each side will
have two weeks more to submit
briefs answering the other side.

SCAD will decide whether
old further oral argument.

Wisdom and knowledge shall
the stability of thy times, and
rength of salvation."—Isa. 33:6.



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Lectures at Bnai David
Rabbi Mdris Rosen. the Chief
Rabbi of Romania, will lecture
8:15 p.m. Sunday at Cong. Bnai
David, 24350 Southfield, South-
field, it was announced by Mel-
ville J. Richman,' president.
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in Province Elections
, Economic conditions and busi-
ness obligations have forced J. D.
(Jake) Geller to withdraw from
the race for the Liberal Party
nomination in Essex West in
Windsor, Ont.
Geller, who was "considered a
favored aspirant," gave those rea-
sons for abandoning hopes of a
political office.'



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