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April 05, 1963 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-04-05

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Jewish community of Canada
formally rejected all political
appeals that may be made dur-
ing the current pre-election
campaigns "based on racial or
religious grounds" or designed
to give the impression that Jews
in the Dominion vote as a bloc.
The general elections are to be
held April 8.
The resolution on the sub-
ject was adopted unanimously
at a meeting of the national
Joint Community Relations
Committee of the Canadian
Jewish Congress and Bnai Brith.
It was also approved by the na-
tional executive of the Canadian
Jewish Congress and by the
CJC's national religious advis-
ory committee. The resolution
"The Canadian Jewish Con-
gress is of the opinion that Jew-
ish citizens of this community
participate in municipal, pro-
vincial and national elections
as citizens of Canada, sharing
with citizens of all other faiths
and origins a common interest
in the proper and efficient ad-
ministration of our country's af-
fairs. It consequently rejects on
principle any political appeal
directed by a candidate based
on racial or religious grounds,
designed to give the impression
that there is a bloc such as 'the
Jewish vote' or any other type
of ethnic or religious grouping
of the electorate, and which is
aimed at attracting votes by
f a v o r i n g or discriminating
against any group in the elec-

British Chief Rabbi
Issues Appeal to
Moscow for Matzoth

LONDON (JTA) — British
Chief Rabbi Israel Brodie ap-
pealed to Soviet authorities "in
the name of Anglo-Jewry" to
permit Soviet Jews to have mat-
zoth for Passover.
The statement cited the an-
nouncement in the Moscow Cen-
tral synagogue on March 16
that, as happened in 1962, the
state bakeries would not pro-
vide matzoth this year.

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Will to Live Depicted in Hersey
Human Tenacity Study Stories

The will to live is both the
Thereupon he offers his read-
great objective of human beings ers the adrenal wine.
when they are faced with seri-
"Hiroshima"—the subtitle to
ous challenges and the most "The Big If"—could well be
serious decision-begging element considered a short novel. It is
in life. A strong character is re- a story about the great tragedy
quired to overcome obstacles, that ended the war with Japan
and much keenness often is but also destroyed so, much—in
called for.
life and in territory—that the im-
In "Here to Stay," John Her- pact is felt to this day. Yet,
sey, who became famous for his Hersey states parenthetically,
great novel "The Wall," that while the . Hiroshima bomb was
dealt with the Warsaw Ghetto the equivalent of 20,000 tons of
uprising, deals with a number TNT, there could be developed
of specific cases of such a desire a nuclear weapon of 1,000 mega-
to live.
tons, the equivalent of a billion
This Knopf-published book ap- tons of TNT, enough to "create
propriately is subtitled "Studies a fire storm that would render
in Human Tenacity." Indeed, it six entire states—Idaho, Mon-
is tenacity that is required to tana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah,
tackle some of the problems that and Colorado—incapable of sup-
caused the characters in Her- porting life of any kind."
sey's series of eight stories in
In "Chance," subtitled "Over
"Here to Stay" to overcome in- the Mad River," a little old lady
surmountable hurdles.
is pictured struggling to survive
, Hersey's book is, as he him- during a flood that followed a
self indicates in a prefatory storm in Connecticut. A tiny 75-
note, "a collection of journalistic year-old. lady played an heroic
pieces on a common theme of role here, and the Hersey theme
human tenacity . . . themes of is substantiated. Indeed, it is a
love and death; their synthesis story of "daring the devil."
the will to live." He asserts:
"Flight: Journey Toward a
"I believe that man is here Sense of Being Treated Well"
to stay in spite of the appalling is about an Austrian Family and
tools he invents to destroy the risks of departure from Hun-
himself, for it seems to me gary in 1956.
that he loves this seamy world
"A Sense of Community:
more than he desires, as he
Survival" is the story of an
dreads and flirts with, an end
heroic episode in the life of
to it. Moreover, he has as-
John F. Kennedy 20 years ago,
tonishing resources for hold-
when the future President of
ing on to his life, no matter
the United States rescued his
how bad it may be, as the
PT boat crew.
'stories in this volume show
"Strength From Without: Joe
again and again. I do not offer Is Home Now" is the story of a
this book as a narcotic to lull war-crippled GI struggling his
our fears lest a few men, un- way back to survival as a civi-
hinged by their power, should lian.
try their best to blast us all.
"Funk: A Short Talk With
Quite the contrary: I hope that Erlanger," describes "a brush
this volume will give its read- with fate," a soldier's "failure
ers a draught of adrenalin, of nerve," a therapeutic treat-
that bitter elixir, sufficient ment called narcosynthesis and
sips of which may help to put one successful result with it.
us on our guard against blund-
Then there are three stroies
erers, tyrants, madmen, and
that deal with survivors from
ourselves . . ."
Nazism. Two in one section
The Hersey theme is that: headed "Survival of the Fit-
"For the most part the stories test" are entitled "Prisoner
are of refusals to be destroyed 339, Klooga" and "Not to Go
by devilments devised by the With the Others." The latter
foul side of the human mind. is about a Pole who waited,
Man's greatest hazard of vio- while all the fellow-prisoners
lence is not flood or fire or in a Gestapo prison had been
hurricane or ice or earthquakes murdered—by mere chance he
or famine; it is his own capacity was more cautious — and sur-
to act on the worst in his na- vived. The first is about a
young Jew who sought escape,
managed to get his wife out
of the Nazi camp—never to
see her again—and then him-
self became one of those who
miraculously survived.
The third story of survival
from the. Nazi holocaust is en-
titled "Conservation: Tattoo
Number 10790'7." This is the
story of shrewdness, of a Jewish
intellectual who resorted to all
kinds of work, who began as a
welder, became a plumber, fra-
ternized, was patronizing, re-
sorted to solicitude—in order to
survive, as he did.
He had been separated from
his wife and child, and never
heard from them again. He wit-
nessed cruelties, himself suf-
fered hunger, but schemed to get
extra bread, occasional benefits
—extra snatches of rest from
hard labor—all as means of sur-
Hersey has made a great con-
tribution to the study of tenacity,
to an understanding of the will
to live, with a remarkably good
collection of short stories.




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Tanganyika Loaned
$2,800,000 by Israel

DAR - ES - SALAAM, Tangan-
yika, (JTA) — Paul Bomani,
Tanganyika Finance Minister,
returned from Israel and an-
nounced details of plans for ex-
penditure of a $2,800,000 credit
negotiated with Israel. He said
that, under the agreement, Israel
will provide machinery and
funds for an irrigation project,
for a government housing proj-
ect and for a luxury tourist hotel
overlooking the Dar-Es-Salaam

Sitte Released, Wants to Work in Israel

TEL AVIV (JTA)—Prof. Kurt
Sitte, internationally famous ex-
pert in cosmic radiation, who
was sentenced here in June,
1960, to a five-year prison term
for contact with agents of a
foreign country, was released.
President Izhak Ben-Zvi an-
nounced the commutation of his
sentence last week.
Friends and former colleagues
at the Israel Institute of Tech-
nology-Technion, met Sitte upon

his release from jail. He issued
a statement, declaring: "I am
prepared to resume my scien-
tific work in Israel. If I have to
leave Israel, I should do so wish-
ing happiness and prosperity to
Israel and the Jews, whom I re-
gard as my friends. Whatever
I did was not done with the in-
tention of harming Israel."
Sitte is a non-Jew and a national
of Czechoslovakia.

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Canadian Jews Stress
They Don't Vote as
Bloc in Elections

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