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The Detroit Jewish News, 1962-02-16

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS — Friday, February 16, 1962 — 8

Saul E. Joftes, Bnai Brith World
Council Secretary, Speaks Monday
at Pisgah, BB Council Public' Rally

Saul E. Joftes, secretary to
the Bnai Brith International
Council, will address a public
meeting arranged under the
joint auspiecs of Pisgah Lodge
No. 34 of Bnai Brith and the
Metropolitan Detroit Bnai Brith
Council, at 8:30 p.m., Monday,
at the Hayim Greenberg Center.
In behalf of the committee on
arrangements; Alfred H. Bou-
nin has extended an invitation
to all Bnai Brith members and
their families and friends to
attend this rally and to hear an
important message on the latest
significant world events affect-
ing Jewry and Bnai Brith's role
in international developments.
Refreshments will be served.

Joftes is the international
representative of Bnai Brith.

He holds four university de-
grees, taught comparative gov-
ernment at Harvard, his alma
mater, and international law at
Boston University Law School.
He attended the Nuremberg
Trials as observer for Bnai Brith
and for four years was the direc:
for of the Bnai Brith European
office in Paris.
With the resurrection of Bnai
Brith in Western Europe, and
the establishment of Bnai Brith
European Committee on a firm
foundation, he was transferred
to Santiago, Chile. At the con-
clusion of that assignment of
brining Bnai Brith into prac-
tically every country in South
America, he was appointed di-
rector of Bnai Brith's office of
international affairs, in Wash-
ington.
Joftes is the director of Bnai
Brith's activities at the United
Nations, where Bnai Brith has
consultative status as a non-
governmental organization with

However, after he, too, is
victimized, he reclaims his self
respect by siding with the
patriarch of the Jewish family
in a street brawl in defense
against the attacking anti-
Semites.

BY JOSHUA JUSTMAN

(Copyright, 1962,
Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc.)

JERUSALEM — Articles in
the press, public gatherings
and a broadcast over "Kol Is-
rael" marked the 20th anniver-
sary of the death of Avraham
Stern-Yair, who was shot in a
room in Tel-Aviv by the British
police which had been search-
ing for him for a long time.
The Mandatory Government had
placed a price on his head and
the capture of Stern became
priority number one with the
British security forces.
Stern-Yair was the founder
of the most extreme and radical
group dedicated to the ouster
of the BritW- 1 from Palestine,
the LECHI (Lochamey Cherut
Israel—Fighters for the free-
dom of Israel) and known also
as the "Stern Group." To Stern
even the "Irgun" (Irgun Tzvai
Leumi)—from which he broke
SAUL E. JOFTES
off—was not extreme enough
the United Nations Economic and the difference of approach
and Social Council through the
Coordinating Board of Jewish
Seek Witnesses in Trial
Organization.

7.MR.

Upon the creation of the
Bnai Br i t h International
Council at the triennial con-
vention in Israel in " 1959,
Joftes was appointed secre-
tary to the international coun-
cil, his present post.

The Monday evening's pro-
gram will feature two Detroit
artists, Jerome Stasson and his
wife, Betty Kowalsky.
Stasson is a widely acclaimed
violinist who has been concert-
master of the Wayne University
Symphony Orchestra and the
Jewish Conter Symphony Or-
chestra.
Betty Kowalsky, a Wayne
State University graduate, mem-
ber of the university's cooperat-
ing faculty, is one of the state's
most distinguished pianists.

National Broadcasting Company
Replies to Protest Against 'Focus'

Harry A'. Woolf, 18695 Rose-
lawn, one of many who lodged
protest with the National Broad-
casting Company's television
adaptation of Arthur Miller's
"Focus," has received a reply
from the office of Robert Sar-
noff, head of the network.
Woolf termed the response,
written by Robert D. Kasmire,
coordinator of NBC corporate in-
formation, as "straddling the is-
sue."
The show, sponsored by the
American Jewish Committee,
was seen on Jan. 21.
"Focus," one of Miller's earl-
iest published works, tells the
s tory of a Gentile couple who
are mistaken for Jews by their
neighbors. The suspicions of the
hoodlum element are "proven"
when the man rejects their ef-
forts to enlist his aid in ter-
rorizing a "known" Jewish fam-
ily on the street, although he
seeks to identify himself as a
non-Jew and gives the gang his
sanction to avoid trouble.

Stern's Role Admitted by Ben-Gurion

too bad this couple was perse-
cuted because they were mis-
taken for Jews. Therefore, it
follows that if they were Jews
it would have been quite all
right."

Woolf wrote, also: "No doubt
it will be said that I missed
the point of the play and that
intelligent people of good will
would understand what the
point of the play was. This is
the crux of the whole situation.
It is not the intelligent peo-
ple . . . we must worry about
. . . It's the average viewer
who possibly hasn't formed
much of an opinion . . . about
the matters such as this . . . "

The reply from NBC stated:
"Despite your own dissatisfaction
with the production, I think you
will be - interested in knowing
that in general it received crit-
ical acclaim for coming to grips
forthrightly with an important
social problem. The program
was intended, of course, . . . to
drathatize the peril
dignity and the affront •
cy brought by orm
.of , any
sort and in . • •
Woolf
reported that he
e answer as "strad-
conside
dling
issue." He s.
.lso,
I do feel ye
be
tha f anyone s uld
er-
ce red, it shoul•e
s Insti-
i
Jewis
on (which
of Hu
t
work an•
ecte•th
uch w its p
pt 'in
-y
tion),-.
"The least
s a
anded
ould ha
forces
no- finish dep ting
and not
it on the defen
o
o they not
triu
ant .
realize any people see-
ing something in a newspaper
or on television gives it the
official stamp or authenticity
and authority?"

Against Nazis Who
Killed Polish Jews
The Austrian authorities have
requested the help of the World
Jewish Congress in New York
in an investigation connected
with the wholesale massacre of
the major part of Polish Jewry,
almost 3,000,000 of whom died
under Hitler.
The investigation has been
touched off by the recent arrest
in Salzburg, Austria, of SS Cap-
tain Herman Hoefle. Hoefle was
chief-of-staff to an Austrian,
Odilo Globocnik, who master-
minded "Operation Reinhard,"
the Nazi program for the mas-
sacre and pillaging of Polish
Jewry. Globocnik is reported to
have committed suicide in 1945.
Hoefle, the principal assistant
of Globocnik, and other staff
officers are now undergoing an
investigation in connection with
which the World Jewish Con-
gress has been asked to provide
witnesses.
The others,
ns,
against wh
ev denc
sought,
e Hans Bohuns
Fran oedl, Reinhold
rens ildt, Rudolf S
Fran Eign ,
Alois epa.
Anyo
w o des any
wl-
edge of
crimes co
itted
by Hoefle an is ai
s asked
to contact Dr.
iah Robin-
son, Director, Institute of Jew-
ish Affairs, WOrld Jewish Con-
gress, 15 E. 84th St., New York
28, N. Y.

did not concern so much the
nature and the extent of the
terror - operations; there was
above all the difference in the
political concept accompanying
the action.
Stern viewed the British
Regime as Enemy Number One
and his approach is perhaps
best illustrated by the fact that,
at one stage, he evolved a plan
which envisaged some kind of
cooperation with Nazi Germany
in the days of World War II.
Stern's argument was that over-
riding any other consideration
was the salvation of European
Jewry being decimated by the
Nazis and bringing them to
Palestine. For this, two things
had to be assured: that the Jews
be allowed to leave the Nazi
occupied areas and that the
gates of Palestine — which the
British had closed to Jewish im-
migration—be forced open and
the country freed of the foreign
ruler.
Stern's death did not end
activities of the G
whose ranks
martyrs
battle
T story of LECHI is tol
of ceful book by
Story of
g girl G
roup's top
vo
was fami Jar
was e announcer
CHI's
clan.
ation. Once
she was apprehended by the po-
lice, sentenced to a long prison
term but escaped.
Geula Cohen
rime
nis
of her boo
Ben-Gu
. Few expe ed Ben-
Gun
• react the way he did.
He vited Geula or a
S
Boker an
a 0-page
h the w
p. that w
gl ing ter s en
ion
in
lett
moved
by
book which
one
th "
he em-
phasizes
explains why he
still rejects the politico-ideolog-

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THE ZIONIST ORGANIZATION OF DETROIT

is proud to announce that

R. EMANUEL
NEUMANN

World Zionist Leader and Statesman,

Chairman, American Section, World Zionist
Executive

t

The television adaptation, how-
ever, ended with the "hero"
bringing his baptismal creden-
tials to the gang and subjecting
himself to its will, condoning,
as a result of intimidation, its
actions much as Germans were
passive during the Nazi genocide
program.
The point was made on tele-
vision that the man is forced to
live with his conscience, again,
much as Germans are today, for
his dereliction to humanity.
Woolf's complaint was that
"the play ends with the bully
boys triumphant and in full con-
A man whose normal weight
trol." In addition, he stated in
is 150 pounds would weigh
his letter to Sarnoff:
"The moral the average view- about 50 pounds if all the water
er would wind up with is, 'It's in his system were dried up.

ical concepts which underlay
the heroic deeds of LECHI and
its martyrs. "I have no doubt,"
wrote Ben-Gurion, "that Yair
was one of the outstanding fig-
ures that we had during the
British Mandate, and I respect
and revere wholeheartedly both
the poetry and the steel of his
stormy soul as well as his tire-
less devotion to the redemption
of Israel. But I reject without
reservation his political meth-
ods."
In her reply, Geula Cohen
does not yield any ground and
argues the case of LECHI with
the game forcefulness and deep
conviction as she did in her
book.
This unusual exchange of
letters was seen here as a wel-
come omen, as a sign of matu-
rity, in which the internal
struggles of pre-State days are
receding into the proper setting
of historical perspective.

Honorary President, Zionist Organization of
America

President of the World Confederation of
General Zionists

Will address the

6th ANNUAL BALFOUR VICTORY DINNER

THURSDAY EVENING,
MARCH 1, 1962

HOLIDAY MANOR
18641 Wyoming

Cocktails: 6:30 P.M. — Dinner: 7:30 P.M.

Couvert: $6.00 per person

The community is invited to join us in paying tribute to one of the leading
architects of the State of Israel.

FOR RESERVATIONS write: Zionist House,
10424 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit 21 or phone DI 1-8540



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