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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-05-24

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Boris Smolar's

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(Copyright, 1963,
Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc.)

By BORIS SMOLAR

Red Faces

The faces of the leaders of the American Council for Juda-
ism are still red over a "shocking" episode at their 20th annual
conference . . . I do not mean the fact that the delegates at
the conference anticipated a message of greetings from President
Kennedy and no such • message arrived . . . I mean the strongly
pro-Zionist speech by one of the principal non-Jewish speakers
. . A pro-Zionist speech at an annual conference of the Amer-
ican- Council ofr Judaism? • . . . Yes, and—to the great em-
barrassment of the Council's leaders-1--it came from William J.
vanden Heuvel, president of the International Rescue Committee,
through whom the Council for Judaism sends its philanthropic
aid abroad . . . Mr. vanden Heuvel was obviously not aware of
the Council's hatred of anything that is pro-Israel .. . He came
to the conference as one of the featured speakers- to address
the delegates on the needs of refugee aid . . . But when he heard
the anti-Zionist vituperations. of the Council's officers, he decided
to disassociate himself • from their views and to make his stand
clear . . . He started his prepared address with an unprepared
"introduction" which shocked all the rabid anti-Zionists as-
sembled at the conference . .. He not only declared his admira-
tion for Israel . . . He also rebuked the Council for Judaism
for its propoganda that American Jews helping Israel could be
accused of "dduble loyalty."

A Courageous Statement

The text of this remarkable statement speak for itself . . .
This is exactly what Mr. vanden Heuvel told the delegates of the
Council's national conference: . . "I think it is proper, as a
matter of courtesy, to state my own personal attitude toward
Israel . . . If I were a Jew, I would be immensely proud of
Israel . . As a young man I thrilled at Israel's creation, and I
have since marveled at the extraordinary life both its people
and their government have breathed into democratic institutions
in a part of the world where democracy has notoriously foun-
dered . . . The establishment of Israel, in my judgment, was the
obligation of a world that had found itself in capable of stopping
the most" shhameful barbarism in the recorded history of civil_
ized man . . . Encircled as it is by nations hostile to its being,
I believe Israel is entitled to our pledge of defense and support
. . . I admire those who have pioneered Israel's great achieve-
ments . .. I honor those who have given so generously to make
Israel's growth possible. . . . And I believe that all of us can con-
tinue to be proud of. Israel's stature in the family of nations
without losing either our identity as Americans or our independ-
ent judgment concerning our own country's purposes and best
interests" . . . Will his words open a new avenue of thought in
the minds of those who heard his views? . . . And will the
Council have the courage to carry these views in the records
of the conference as part of vanden Heuvel's address?

Knesset Rejects Motions to Debate. Visit
of West Germany's Ex-Foreign Minister

JERUSALEM, (JTA) — Three France had invited both Strauss strong police cordon will cut off
motions calling for full-scale de- and West German Chancellor the main building of Lydda Air-

bate of the government's invita-
tion to former West German De-
fense Minister Franz Josef
Strauss to visit Israel were de-
feated in the Knesset.
The motions were beaten by
votes of 47-30, with nine absten-
tions, after Finance Minister
Levi kol, as spokesman for the
government, requested their re-
jection. He asserted that the
only criterion to be applied is
whether the visit—scheduled to
start next Sunday — "will help
Israel in its need to obtain sup-
port for its security."
The motions, placed by the
Knesset presidium on the im-
mediate agenda because of their
urgency, had been introduced by
Menahem Beigin for the Herut
party, by Israel Barzilai for
Mapam, and by Shmuel Mikunis,
of the Communist party. These
three parties voted for a full-
scale debate, while the Ahdut
Avodah, which is a member of
the government coalition, and
the Liberal party abstained.
Each of the opponents of
the proposed Strauss •visit in-
sisted that the invitation ex-
tended to him violated a deci-
sion taken by the Knesset last
March, when it voted unani.
mously that the German - gov-
ernment is responsible for the
work being done in Cairo now
by German scientists engaged
in the development of noncon-
ventional weapons intended
for use against Israel.

Konrad Adenauer, adding: "Un-
doubtedly, we want continuing
good relations with France." He
implied that the desire for good
relations with France was also
a factor in the invitation to
Strauss here, and assured the
Knesset: "Strauss is against the
activity of the Germans in
Egypt."
TEL AVIV—A group of former
victims of the Nazi era appealed
Tuesday in a letter to Prime
Minister Ben Gurion for can-
celation of the invitation to for-
mer West German Defense Min-
ister Franz Josef Strauss who is
due in Israel next Sunday.
"Our wounds have not yet
healed," the letter said, "and we
cannot make peace with Ger-
many where there are still tens
of thousands of. veteran Nazis
and neo-Nazis who fill important
positions in their country. We
do not want a visit by a, man
who is among those responsible
for the activity of neo-Nazis."
Other organizations of Nazi
victims, including the Former
Concentration Camp Inmates
Association and the Partisans
and Invalids, were still discuss-
ing their attitude toward the
visit.
Youth of the rightwing Herut
Part y, meanwhile, proceeded
with plans for demonstrations on
Strauss' arrival and the Mapam
Party also was considering a
protest demonstration. Police
Beigin told the House that also were proceeding with pre-
Strauss should cancel his pro- parations for the arrival. A

jected visit to Israel "as a hu-
manitarian duty." He said
Strauss, should cancel his pro-
jected visit to Israel "as a hu-
manitarian duty." He said
Strauss, as Bonn's Minister of
Defense, knew about the German
scientists and technicians who
went to Egypt, and said "Strauss
knows that his visit will create
deep controversy both in Israel
and among Jewry, and cause
great injury to the people in
Abstract Art
Whatever your feelings about abstract painting, you will be Israel, whether a majority or a
strongly impressed with the paintings of Rivkah, who is dividing minority."
Mikunis described the Strauss
her time each year between New York and Israel . . . Rivkari

is • the wife of Dr. Mordechai M. Kaplan, the "father" of the Re- visit as "an irritant to the Soviet
constructionist movement, and she comes from Jerusalem, where Union," asking how the Strauss
her parents have been residing since 1920 . . . She now has a invitation squared with the re-
one-person exhibition of 40 colorful abstract paintings in oil cent assertion by. Prime Minister
and gouache at the D'Arcy Galleries in New York which is David Ben Gurion, who had re-
attracting wide attention . . . A serious painter even before she quested joint guarantees of Is-
moved to the school of abstract art, she displayed mastery in rael's security from both the
communicating sensitive moods and delicate feelings. in her Soviet Union and the United
canvasses . . There is originality in her compositions as well States.
Barzilai said that Strauss "per-
as elegance of form, warmth in her means of expression which
is missing in the works of most of the abstractionist painters. . . . sonified the renewed German
She is a painter whose works had been exhibited in Salon d'Hiver militarism." He charged that
in Paris, at the Royal Institute of Painters in London, and in European Socialism, in Germany
numerous exhibitions in the United States, Israel, South Africa itself as well as in Britain and
and Latin America . . . She studied at the Art Institute of Chi_ France, regarded -Strauss as
cago, the Bezalel School of Art in Jerusalem, and at the Grande "anti-democratic and dangerous."
In reply to the government's
Chaumiere in Paris.
critics, Eshkol intimated that
Strauss had, in the past, "aided
Israel on many occasions in
West
circumstances that cannot be
disclosed here."
"Relations between Bonn and
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
receiving that punishment for Israel," he said, "exist on vari-
to The Jewish News)
murder in three cases. The jury
COBLENZ—A jury court in courts also sentenced Starke to ous levels." He recalled that
Coblenz sentenced 11 former an additional term of eight
Nazis in the Minsk ghetto to years for complicity in murder Inquiry Finds Swedish
terms ranging from life im- in five other cases and to life- Nazi's Radio Talk
prisonment at hard labor to time deprivation of his civil
TaCked Objectivity'
three-and-a-half years imprison- rights.
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
ment Tuesday at the conclusion
Artur Wilke, 51, was sen-
to The Jewish News)
of a seven-month's trial on tenced to 10 years and depriva-
STOCKHOLM—The Swedish
charges of mass murders of tidn of his civil rights for three Broadcasting Board declared
Jews and Russians.
years. Rudolph Schlege re- Monday after an investigation
George Heuser, 50, the prin- ceived a term of eight years of a talk by a neo-Nazi on the
cipal defendant was sentenced and loss of civil rights for three Swedish radio network that the
to 15 years imprisonment and years. Friedrich Herbach, 51, re- talk "lacked objectivity."
deprivation of his civil rights ceived a term of -seven years
The board said that the
for five years. The prosecution and loss of civil rights for three Swedish Radio Corporation, in
had asked a life term. The 11 years. Wilhelm Kaul, 56; Jo- presenting the talk by Ingemar
defendants had been accused of hannes Feder, 51; and Eber- Donar-Joelsson, who intended to
the wartime slaughter of 35,000 hard Von Toll, 52, each were "illuminate reveal and combat
Jews in the ghetto. In an un- sentenced to four years and six neo-Nazi tendencies" in Sweden.
usual statement for a defen- months. Johann Oswald, 52, and Donar-Joelsson, a Swedish ele-
dant in the West German Nazi Karl Dahlheimer, 56, each re- mentary school teacher, assail-
crimes trials, Heuser had ac- ceived terms of four years im- ed Israel and world Jewry. He
cepted full responsibility for his prisonment, and Artur Harder, said his text had been approved
guilt.
52, was sentenced to three-and-- in advance by the network.
The investigation was started
The severest sentence was im- a-half years at hard labor.
posed on American-born Franz
In all cases but that of after protests were made by
Starke, 51, a Nazi Party mem- Starke, detention pending trial the Swedish branch of the
ber since 1920. He received the was taken into consideration in World Jewish Congress and the
Swedish Zionist Federation.
only life term in the judgments, determination of sentence.

port to prevent demonstrators
from approaching. As in previous
cases of visits of West Germans,
Herut demonstrators planned to
line up on the road leading from
the airport.
The former West German cabi-
net member was reported to
have decided to make his visit
despite the protests and the an-
ticipated demonstrations.

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