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October 12, 1962 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1962-10-12

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elvish Chaplaincy Cited

British Court Hears Testimony on Neo-Nazi Plot

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LONDON, (JTA) — A detec-
tive chief inspector testified in
the trial of four British National
Socialist leaders now taking
place here that a can of sodium
chlorate found in a raid on the
neo-Nazi group's headquarters
had had the label "weedkiller"
changed to "Jew killer."
The testimony was given by
Inspector George Williams who
said the can was one of seven
seized in the Aug. 10 raid. On
trial are Colin Jordan, 39, leader
of, the group; John Tyndall, 26,
secretary; Denis Perie, 23, as-
sistant secretary; and Roland
Kerr Ritchie, 42, research of-

ficer.
They are charged with vio-

lating Britain's Public Order Act
for having created and partici-
pated in the activities of a semi-
military organization c a 11 e d

Pioneer U.S. Rabbi
Morris Jacob Raphall, promi-
nent 19th century American
rabbi and scholar, emigrated to
the United States at the age of
51 from England where he pub-
lished the Hebrew Review, the
first Jewish periodical to ap-
pear in Great Britain. He was
later spiritual leader of New
York's Congregation Bnai Jesh-
urun.

FOR "OUTSTANDING service rendered to the Department
of Defense," the Department presented this citation to the
Commission on Jewish Chaplaincy of JWB. The citation praises
the JWB Commission's work in "the procurement of Jewish
Chaplains for the Army, Navy and Air Force" and in "pro-
viding information, counsel and assistance to the Armed Forces.
Chaplains Board concerning chaplains and other Jewish per-
sonnel in the Armed Forces." It was presented as part of the
centennial celebration of the Jewish military chaplaincy, the
observance of which will continue through July 17, 1963.

New Novel by Harry Bloom,
Apartheid Foe, Written ill
Jail, Depicts Hunt, Jungle

When the complete story will catalogue."
be recorded about the heroic
Safe in Kenya, Bloom is al-
battle for just rights for the ready working on a new novel,
downtrodden blacks in South "Road to Tabora," which will
Africa, the name of Harry Bloom portray the last days of the
will rank high among men of safari trade in East Africa.
courage.
"Whittaker's Wife," which will
A lawyer who also devoted have the distinction of author-
himself to literature, Bloom had ship by a man who was held in
a lucrative commercial practice jail without trial, without an of-
in Cape Town. He abandoned it ficial charge, and who wrote his
to lead the legal battle to legis- novel in his cell, is a masterful
lation aimed at apartheid. account of the white man's ex-
It is South Africa's tragedy plorations in jungle land, of
that its white political leaders, hunts, for forests, the animals
failing to see the handwriting on in the areas that are being con-
the• wall, are pursuing apartheid quered by the hunters.
so vigorously that any one op- The story itself has many stir-
posing it has no recourse in his ring elements, holding the read-
defense to the law and the er's attention from beginning to
courts.
end. It is a tale about Lavinia
Bloom, in his battle against Whittaker, widow of a wealthy
discrimination, in his opposition Johannesburg financier, who
to race prejudice, was imprison- schemes and plots for control, as
ed by the South African govern- well as for her loves.
ment. It was while in jail that With a Rhodesian ranch as the
he wrote his new novel, about background, Mrs. Whittaker is
to come off the press of Simon portrayed as the hostess to many
and Schuster, under the title parties for Johannesburg social-
"Whittaker's Wife."
ites. Among her many schemes—
Earlier, Bloom had written for control of the ranch and to
"King Kong," a jazz opera about pursue a mining project — also
South African Negroes.
are her hunting interests. She
Both works show how well insists, against expert advice,
Bloom knows his native land, his upon a lion hunt, and is killed
literary skill, his acquaintance in the course of it. It ends her
with the habits of the people latest love scheme which would
about whom he has written.
have broken up a marriage of
Bloom's first novel, "Episode one of her neighbors and ex-
in the Transvaal," won the Brit- poses the thinking of her friends
ish Authors' Club Award, sel- and erstwhile socialites.
ected by Somerset Maugham for
The significance of the novel
the best novel in English by a in the brilliance of the descrip-
new author. "Episode" has been tion of the hunts, the masterful
published in 17 languages, but manner in which the author por-
was recently banned in South trays life in Rhodesia, the un-
Africa.
derstanding that emanates of life
The author is presently living in the jungle.
in exile in Nairobi, Kenya. Un-
"Whittaker's Wife" is so ex-
der the new Sabotage Act of cellently written that it is an-
South Africa, he is a "named other great tribute to a polished
person," subject to a minimum and skilled writer. The hero-
of five years' imprisonment, if author, apparently having aban-
he should ever return and con- doned the legal profession, is
tinue writing. According to enriching literature and is the
Bloom, the act "makes it an benefactor of all who love a
offense for me to sit at a type- good, well-written story. Read-
writer and produce anything for ers of his first works, including
publication — even anything so "Whittaker's Wife," will look
innocuous as a blurb for a seed forward to his forthcoming books.

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The Act forbids organizations
seeking to use force to achieve
political goals.
Jordan, acting as his oliim at-
torney, asserted during the ses-

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sion that a police detective had
scribbled on one of the cans the
words: "Place a few crystals in
a sealed room filled with Jews."
This was flatly denied by In-
spector Williams.

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