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January 18, 1963 - Image 9

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-01-18

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Horrors Unfolded in Bonn Trial
of 13 Former Nazi Storm Troopers

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

works in a chocolate factor y
BONN—A Jewish inmate of near Tel Aviv.
Israeli witness,
the Chelmno murder camp in Simon Srebnik, now a 35-year-
Nazi-held
Poland,
who mass
was old mechanic, broke down and
forced
to help
prepare
began
weep
as he
described
graves, testified Tuesday that how
he to
was
taken
in chains
by

Ex-Nazi Sentenced

'Friends of Jewish Culture' Formed
in Killing Sluzk Jews I Here to Advance YIVO's Activities

to 2 Years for Part

FANKFURT, (JTA)—Joseph
Lechthaler, a 72-year-old former
police lieutenant colonel, was
sentenced by a jury court in
Hassel to two years in prison on
conviction of complicity in the
one day, when he opened a gas SS men to a cage together with wartime murder of several hun-
van, the bodies of his wife and a number of foxes they had dred Jews in Sluzk in the Minsk
two children "fell in front of
area. The jury court took ac-
hunted and shot. The session count
me."
th fact that Lech-
o f the
was
suspended
briefly
when
th
The testimony was given by
e thaler had been under deten-
witness
was
unable
to
continue
i
tion
Michael Podschlebnik, 55, in the
for a year. A co-defendant,
trial in Provincial Court here
Wilhelm Papenkort, was ac-
of 13 former Nazi Storm Troop- Knesset Kills Bill
quitted of similar charges.
ers and security police officers Declaring Bnei Israel
One of three non-Jews tes-
on charges of having murdered
tifying at the trial in Coblenz
170,000 Jews in the camp dur- Members as Jewish
of 12 Nazis on charges of the
ing the war.
JERUSALEM, (JTA)—Israel's mass murder of 35,000 Jews
Podschlebnik, one of the few parliament rejected a private in the Minsk ghetto described
survivors of the murder camp, members bill containing a for- how a young Jewess pleaded
testified that though he had mal declaration that the Bnei "I am still so young, let me
begged the SS to kill him he Israel community members were live" before she was shot in
the neck and killed.
was selected for work in pre- Jews in all respects.
This was one of the scenes
paring mass 'graves for victims.
The exact Jewiih status of
He testified that 13 to 14 poison Jewish immigrants from India of the daily killings described
gas vans operated daily in the has been a subject of contro- by the witness and the two
camp; killing 900 Jews daily on versy since the Indian Jews others from Hungary and Ru-
the average. :The victim now began coming to Israel a few mania, who now live in West
Germany. They also described
years ago.
Rome, Jerusalem Join
The bill, offered by deputy the subsequent exhumation and
Emma Talmi of the leftist mass burning of bodies before
In Exploring the -Past
Mapam party, would subject to the advancing Soviet troops
The Antiquities Department a year's imprisonment and fine reached the district.
Pre-trial investigation of evi-
of the Israel Ministry of Edu- any marriage registrar refusing
cation and the University of to perform a marriage between dence against eight former Nazi
Rome have concluded an agree- a Bnei Israelite and any other SS and SD men charged with
ment for joint archaeological Israeli Jew. The effect would be participation in the mass slaugh-
work in Israel for the next to give legal sanction to a Chief ter of Jews and Soviet prisoners
three years.. A joint mission will Rabbinate ruling holding Bnei in German-occupied Lublin con-
conduct excavations in West- Israelites to be• Jews under tinued in Wiesbaden.
Those being investigated in-
ern Galilee, mainly. at the sites Israel's laws and status and mar-
of the ancient church at Shavei riage which are under sole rab- clude a former Criminal In-
Zion and the Phoenician ceme- binical jurisdiction. Some local vestigation Department in-
tery at Ahziv.
rabbis have disagreed with the spector, Hermann Westhoff,
and a former CID chief of
ruling in specific cases.
Limburg, Georg Hoffmann.
Dr.
Zorah
Warhaftig,
the
Min-
We Specialize in Travel to
ister for Religious Affairs, op- The investigation is being con-
posed the bill. He told the Knes- ducted by a special investiga-
set that there was no doubt that tion department of the Wies-
the Bnei Israelites were Jews baden public prosecutor's of-
Eastern Europe
but that to put this into a law fice. The two chief defendants
would be "discrimination" and have been confronted with
"even insulting." He also argued several survivors of the Lub-
that since they were Jews, ques- lin mass murders. Most of the
tions of their marriages and di- witnesses have come from Is-
vorse
were the exclusive prov- rael to testify.
4862 Woodward
A 73-year-old former police
ince of the rabbinical courts and
Detroit 1, Michigan
such Knesset legislation as the major general and police com-
Talmi proposal would conflict mander of Lodz in Nazi-occu-
with the law on the jurisdiction pied Poland insisted at the mass
murder trial of 13 former Nazis
■ of the rabbinical courts.
that he had never been at the
Chelmno anhihilation camp as
Women's Branch
three of the defendants previ-
ously testified he had been.
UNION OF ORTHODOX CONGREGATIONS OF AMERICA
Walter Keuck, in denying that
asks all grocery stores in the Detroit area who are
testimony, said he had lost his
memory of the wartime events.
closed on the Sabbath to contact our chairman at
He expressed regret if his po-
phone number 342-2666 in connection with their
licemen had been used as "han-
dymen" by the Gestapo. The 13
forthcoming KASHRUTH EXHIBIT DAY on Thursday,
defendants are being tried on
February 28th.
charges of murdering or abet-
ting the murder of 170,000 Jews
in the Chelmno camp. Prelimi-
nary proceedings against Keuck
UNITED HEBREW SCHOOLS
have been opened by the Han-
nover public prosecutor on
charges of complicity in war-
time Nazi mass murders.

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.

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NURSERY SCHOOL

announces a few openings in its MORNING GROUP
for the Spring term beginning February 1st.

State Licensed—Trained Staff

Child Development Approach

Call Lincoln 8-4191

between 9 - 3 for interview

MIKVAH ISRAEL, INC., and
WOMEN'S ORTHODOX LEAGUE

take pleasure in announcing their joint
annual dinner to take place

SUNDAY, JAN. 27, at 6:30 P.M.

at Young Israel of Northwest Detroit

• 17376 WYOMING

Guest Speaker: RABBI BERNARD WEINBERGER

Spiritual Leader of Young Israel, of Brooklyn, N.Y.

For Reservations:

MRS. S. E. COHEN . . . WE 3-8799

MRS. J. RACKOVSKY . . . . TO 7-7209

Jewish Congress
in Canada Protests
h3tervieW with Bigot

TORONTO, (JTA) The Ca-
nadian Jewish CongresS i n d i -
cated it planned to express for-
mal opposition to the broadcast
• of a taped television interview
with Quebec's fascist, Adrien
Arcard.
J. S. Midanik, community re-
lations committee chairman of
the Canadian Jewish Congress,
said that the organization rec-
ognized the right of the Canad-
ian Broadcasting Corporation to
interview whoever it wished to,
but that it questioned "the Wis-
dom of reviving Arcard at this
time. There is no news value in
bringing him here since he
hasn't been heard of for almost
20 years."
He added:. "What is the point
of having him air the anti-Se-
metic lies he has been repeating
all his life?" Arcard led 10,000
followers of his National Unity
Party before he was interned
for five years during World War
II. He now lives in semi-retire-
ment 40 miles from Montreal.

A g r o u p to be known as
"Friends of Jewish Culture" was
organized here on Jan. 10, at a
gathering of more than 50 De-
troiters who are interested in
advancement of Jewish cultural
undertakings.

Formed primarily in the in-
interest of YIVO Institute for
Jewish Research, the group is
showing an interest in other
American J e wish cultural
affairs.
The work of YIVO, its re-
The meeting was held at the search projects and recent pub-
home of Mr. and Mrs. Wolf Sny- lications was outlined at the
der.
meeting in an address by Dr.
Isidore Passow, YIVO's execu-
Snyder with Dr. Norman! tive secretary. Dr. Drachler pre-
Drachler, George Zeltzer and sided after the gathering heard
Louis LaMed, convened the greetings and explanatory re-
gathering.
marks by the host.

Leo Ardkr

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N URGENT CALL
TO THE
COMMUNITY

The Council of Orthodox Rabbis
(Vaad Harabonim) has imposed upon
its members the discipline that they
refuse to officiate at religious ceremonies
such as weddings or Bar Mitzvahs where
non-Kosher meals are served.

We, the members of the Council of
Orthodox Rabbis have based our action
on the following principle:

G d is served not only in the formal

-

acts of worship in a Synagogue,
but in our very simple action. G d
is served not only with the spir-
itual side of man's being, but even
with our physical beings.

-

The wedding or Bar-Mitzvah is a
service of consecration to G d; to
follow it with a non-Kosher meal
makes a mockery of the religious
ceremony; any 'Rabbi who partici-
pates gives sanction to this trans-
gression.

-

We therefore appeal to the public
to refrain from this practice, and we in-
vite all Rabbis who cherish basic Jewish
ideas to join with us. The Kosher caterers
of Detroit are in a position to service all
the needs of the public. Let us then re-
frain from the public desecration of the
hallowed laws of Kashruth.

COUNCIL OF ORTHODOX RABBIS Of DETROIT

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