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March 08, 1963 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-03-08

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Vol. XLII I, No. 2



A Weekly Review

of Jewish Events

Need to


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Michigan's Only English-Jewish Newspaper—Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle

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VE 8-9364 — Detroit 35, March 8, 1963 $6.00 Per Year; Single Copy 20c

Claims Conference Asks Bonn
End Protractions, Speed Up
Indemnification Legislation

NEW YORK, (JTA) — The Conference on Jewish Material
Claims Against Germany, meeting here Sunday, appealed by formal
resolution, directly to the government and parliament of the West
German Federal Republic, to redress injustices to victims of Nazi
persecution, and to speed up the enactment of basic amendments to
the German indemnification law "which are long overdue."
The resolution expressed the hope that the German government
would bring to the closing chapter of the indemnification program
"the same degree of understanding it showed in making the Luxem-
bourg Agreement and in enacting the original legislation for in-.
The step was taken at the opening session of a two-day meeting,
attended by more than 40 Jewish leaders from North and South
America, Europe, Israel, Australia and South Africa. They represented
23 national and worldwide Jewish organizations of the Claims Con-
ference, and they decided on the allocation of $10,000,000 scheduled
to be received this year.
Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the Claims Conference, re-
ported to the board on the outcome of discussions held by him at
Bonn with German Chancellor Adenauer and with Federal Finance
Minister Rolf Dahlgruen. Dr. Goldmann voiced deep distress at "the
protracted delays in framing the necessary legislation," although he

acknowledged that certain objective factors have played a limited role
in the delays. He , pointed out that the wrongs for which indemnifica-
tion payments are made arose under the Nazi regime, which came to
power 30 years ago.
Nazi victims, in the scores of thousands, who have already waited
decades for compensation, have grown deeply embittered, said Dr.
Goldmann, while thousands of others have died over the course of
years without receiving a penny in compensation. He expressed the
hope that the proposed draft legislation will be compiled in the
course of the next month, so that it could serve as a basis for • early
discussion and negotiation.
Over 600,000 claims for indemnification were still pending on
Dec. 31, 1962, the date on which adjudications under the Federal in-
demnification law were scheduled to be completed, Dr. Goldmann
said. The basic amendments for which the Conference was pressing
were aimed at speeding up the adjudication of claims, and at extend-
ing the benefits of the law to groups of Nazi victims who were now
excluded or whose claims were inadequately compensated.
Dr. Goldmann singled out two groups whose claims were particu-
larly meritorious: claimants for damage to health, and the so-called
post-1953 group. Over 10,000 claims in the first category were still

—Photo by Herbert S. Sonnenfeld. Courtesy
Jewish Education Committee of New York

Purim 5723

Purim spells joy for Jewish households everywhere. As we celebrate the downfall
of the Haman of old, we gather strength in our faith that his counterparts in our own
time will fail in their efforts to thwart justice or to undermine Israel's security.

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Allied Jewish Campaign
to Be Launched March I9;
3,000 Workers Are Active

The 1963 Allied Jewish Campaign will open
officially with a dinner meeting, 7 p.m., Tuesday,
March 19, at the Jewish Community Center, 18100
Meyers Road.
Campaign Chairman Charles H. Gershenson
called the campaign opening a time for leaders
and workers to come together in a massive show
of strength in behalf of the 55 local, national and
overseas causes the campaign serves. He reports
that the 1963 campaign has enlisted an army of
more than 3,000 workers who will solicit the gifts
of 26,000 contributors. _
Gershenson said advanced units of campaign
workers have been soliciting contributions to the
1963 campaign since the first of the year, and
plan to have reached the $2,000,000 mark by the
campaign opening. He said big gifts chairman
Irwin Green and A. Alfred Taubman will have
dramatic announcements to make at the meeting.
He listed eight areas of greatest need—four
in Detroit and four in the area of overseas aid.
He called for increased generosity on the part of
all contributors to provide: 1. Expanded services
for the a g e d. 2. Counseling for children and
troubled families. 3. An enlarged program of
Jewish education. 4. Resettlement of refugee fami-
lies in Detroit.
Gershenson said that overseas the United
Jewish Appeal must help tens of thonsands of
Jewish refugees in transit reach Israel and other .
free areas; 200,000 youngsters, infants to teen-
agers, are being aided by UJA-supported programs
throughout the world; on arrival in Israel, immi-
grants need clothing, medical care, housing and
job training to enable them to become self-suffi-
cient citizens of a free land; for their daily needs
in France this year, more than 160,000 North
African Jews, who have fled the chaos of Algeria
and Tunisia since July, 1961, depend on UJA
supported Joint Distribution Committee welfare,
As the campaign nears its official opening
date, the seven trade and professional divisions,
the women's, metropolitan and junior divisions
have scheduled planning meetings for their
• workers.
The mercantile division, furniture section,

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