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April 05, 1963 - Image 36

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-04-05

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Widow of Samuel Lewin Issues
Second of His Trilogy; New Novel
In Yiddish Depicts Life in Poland

The late Samuel Lewin of New
York (1890-1959) authored a
trilogy of novels dealing with
Jewish life in Eastern Europe,
and through the efforts of his
widow, Mrs. Miriam Lewin, 3470
Cannon Pl., Apt. J-12, Bronx 63,
N. Y., his works are being pub-
lished and have already gained
considerable acclaim in Yiddish-
reading ranks.
"Two Abysses," the first of the
three Yiddish novels, was re-
viewed in The Jewish News on
March 4, 1960.
His second Yiddish novel in
his trilogy, "Shwartz Bergen un
Bloye Tolen" ("Black Hills and
Blue Valleys") has just come off
the press, and the posthumously
published works reveal a keen
understanding of historical de-
Written. in an excellent Yid-
dish style, depicting with great
skill the terrors which were
visited upon Polish Jewry, de-
voting his narrative to the inner
communal struggle and the battle
between the working class and
reactionaries; Lewin's new novel
adds significantly to the litera•
ture dedicated to an evaluation
of the happenings of the past

Three Well-Known Authors
Join Faculty of Brandeis
As Visiting Professors
Critics Yves Bonnefoy, Mark
Harris and Humphrey D. F.
Kitto, have joined the faculty
of Brandeis University as visit-
ing professors for the spring
Bonnefoy, visiting professor
of French literature, is one of
France's outstanding contempo-
rary poets. He taught previously
at Brandeis during the spring
semester of 1961 and in the
summer of 195 8 was a fellow at
Harvard University's Interna-
tional Seminar.
Harris is author of several
books including "The South-
paw," "Bank the Drum Slow-
ly," "Wake Up, Stupid" and
"Something About a Soldier,"
which was adapted for the stage
by Emil Kinoy and produced
in 1962 by the Theatre Guild.
Kitto, Jacob Ziskind • Visiting
Professor of Theater Arts, is
best known for his book, "The
Greeks," which has been re-
printed eight times and publish-
ed in five languages since it
appeared in 1951.


quarter century.
The life among Jews in Po-
land, as depicted in this new
novel, is told with a deep knowl-
edge of what has transpired.
It is a story of the first world
conflict, of the terrors that were
visited upon the communities, of
the hope that arose among some
of the communities by the prom-
ises for a re-established Eretz
Students of social conditions
will especially find Lewin's
novel of great interest.
The struggle against the Com-
munists, the pinning of all libels
relating to radicalism upon the
Polish Jews, the inner struggle
and the fight for the preserva-
tion of Jewish life form chal-
lenging portions of this extremely
valuable and well written book.
This trilogy may well eventu-
ally become part of the literature
on the events that preceded, in-
cluded and followed the catas-

Minnesota Jewry
Files Objection to
Sunday Closing Law

Soviet Editor Is Fired for Publishing
Ilya Ehrenburg Memoirs in Moscow

Minnesota Jewish Community
Relations Council placed on rec-
ord a series of objections to a
Sunday closing bill now before
the Minnesota Legislature.
Samuel L. Scheiner, execu-
tive director of the JCRC, at a
hearing conducted by the Gen-
eral Legislative Committee of
the Minnesota State Senate, told
the committee members that
the proposed Sunday law would
"impair our religious liberty"
because it would "penalize indi-
viduals for adhering to their re-
ligious beliefs or for not adher-
ing to any religious belief."
He said the most objection-
able aspect of the bill was a
section which provides an ex-
emption for an individual pre-
ferring Saturday as his day of
rest, relaxation and together-
ness because the section re-
quires that a statement denot-
ing this choice must be filed in
the office of the Clerk of Dis-
trict Court "in each county" in
which the individual "maintains
such a selling establishment."

LONDON, (JTA)—Alexander
Tvardovsky, editor of "Novy
Mir," the Moscow literary jour-
nal that has been publishing the
memoirs of Ilya Ehrenburg So-
viet-Jewish author who has been
criticizing the Stalin era with its
anti-Semitism, has been dis-
missed from his post, according
to dispatches received here from

JDC Director Jordan Foresees
`Formidable' Relief Load in France

GENEVA, (JTA) — Charles
Jordan, overseas director gen-
eral of the Joint Distribution
Committee, warned that wel-
fare agencies in France, includ-
ing the Jewish agencies, will
face a formidable relief burden
when special French govern-
mental grants to Algerian re-
patriates are ended on July 1.
Jordan, who is also chairman
of the governing board of the
International Council of Volun-
tary Agencies, based his state-
ment on a report from the JDC
representative i n Marseilles.
The report cited critical hous-
ing shortages in France for the
newcomers and the difficulties
of fitting the Algerian newcom-
ers into French employment

patterns. Nearly 180,000 North
African Jews have come to
France as refugees, most of
them from Algeria in advance
of that country becoming inde-
pendent last July.
The Jewish welfare programs
are administered by the Fonds
Social Juif Unifie and financed
jointly with the JDC. This year,
the two agencies set up a budget
of $5,000,000 for 1963 but this
sum, Jordan reported, would be
far from .enough to meet the
Jordan emphasized that the
July 1 cutoff date for govern-
ment grants will probably bring
vastly large burdens to volun-
tary welfare agencies "but it
will bring special problems to
the Jewish agencies."

State Dept. Justifies Continued
Aid to Egypt Despite Arms Build-Up

Department of State made known
that it favors continued Ameri-
can assistance to Egypt despite
that country's increased expendi-
ture for arms.
James P. Grant, Deputy As-

Passover Greetings

to Our Many

Friends and Customers

sistant Secretary of State for
Near Eastern Affairs. said "The
Department of State does not be-
lieve United States aid contrib-
utes significantly to the United
Arab Republic's capacity to ac-
quire armaments nor would
withholding assistance detract
appreciably from that capacity."
The statement was made in a
letter to the Jewish War Vet-
erans which had raised a ques-
tion about increased American
aid to Nasser at a time when
Egypt is spending heavily of its
own assets for German rocket
scientists and Soviet jet bombers.
Grant said the bulk of Ameri-
can aid was in the form of sur-
plus foodstuffs and the balance
comprised of "development
loans for specific development
projects tied to procurement in
the United States." He made
clear that the United States was
satisfied that Egypt's arms pur-
chases from the Soviet Union
"are acquired mainly through
sales of surplus cotton" which,
he said, Egypt has not been able
to sell in Western markets.

a Wappy

The installments of the Ehren-
burg memoirs had just reached
the point where the famous Rus-
sian Jewish author was about to
bring out details of the Stalinist
purges and persecutions against
Jews, when Moscow suddenly an-
nounced Tvardovsky's dismissal.
It was reported that "Novy Mir"
will omit further installments of
the Ehrenburg memoirs until the
author makes changes.

Our Sincerest Best Wishes

to Everyone

for a Happy Pasover





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our liberties, with gratitude for the blessings inherent in our Ameri-

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canism and in our Jewish heritage that stems from Passover . . .

On this Feast of Pesach, we rededicate ourselves anew to the ideals

of justice and liberty for all humanity.

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