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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-12-20

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Israel Anthology of Yiddish Poetry
Published in Hebrew Translation

NEW YORK, (JTA) — The
appearance in Israel of an an-
thology of works of Yiddish
poets throughout the world
translated into Hebrew by Moshe
Basuk, an Israeli poet, was cele-
brated here at an impressive
gathering arranged by Ambassa-
dor Katriel Katz, Israel's Consul
General in New York.
Eight noted American Yiddish
poets whose works have been
included in the anthology recit-
ed their poems at the assembly
which was attended by Ameri-
can Jewish writers prominent in
the world of Yiddish literature.
Israel President Zalman Sha-
zar, himself a noted figure in
the Jewish literary world, cabled
a warm-hearted message to the
assembled. "I send my heartiest
blessings to the gathering of
the Yiddish writers in New York
whose creative talents have been
brought nearer to the reader in
Israel by my friend the poet
Moshe Basuk through bringing
them into Hebrew literature."
"The use of the two languages
(Hebrew and Yiddish) was the
blessed advantage of the foun-
ders of our modern literature
in both languages, and the cre-
ation of a link between our cre-
ative forces in the countries of
the Diaspora with the readers in
Israel is today a national neces-
sity for both," the Israel Presi-
dent emphasized. "My greetings
of encouragement to my friend
Katriel Katz, the representative
of the State of Israel in New
York, who brought you together
in his house and Mazeltov to all
of you who have lived and will
live to see the young generation
of Israelis among their readers."
Moshe Sharett, former Prime

Minister of Israel and chairman
of the Jewish Agency for Israel,
reviewed in a lengthy address
the process which separated the
Jews in Eastern Europe, two
generations ago, into two
streams — one going to Eretz
Israel and the other to the
United States and other coun-
tries. He cited the arrival of
Jews from South America for
permanent settlement in Israel
as one indication. The publica-
tion in Israel of the anthology
of Yiddish poetry in Hebrew
translation, he said, was also an
expression in this direction.
Sharett emphasized that more
than one-half of the Jewish pop-
ulation in Israel came from
countries where Yiddish was
not spoken, or were born in Is-
raeli families where Yiddish was
never spoken. The new anthol-
ogy "Mivchar Shirei Yiddish"
(Selections from Yiddish Po-
etry), he said, will give this
part of the Israeli population
the opportunity to get acquaint-
ed with the works of Jewish
writers whom they never had an
opportunity to read in the orig-
inal.
Ambassador Katz, in opening
the memorable evening, stressed
the contribution of Basuk to the
building of a cultural bridge be-
tween Israel and the Jews in
countries outside of Israel. He
presented Consul Abraham Avi-
dar who gave the audience an
analytical review of the book.
The American Jewish poets who
read their works at the evening,
in Yiddish, included David Ein-
horn, Jacob Glatstein, Chaim
Grade, Reizi Zhichlinsky, Aron
Leyeles, Kadia Molodovsky, Itz-
hik Manger and I. I. Schwartz.
They are all represented in the
anthology.

terprets it "as a warning that
these may recommence at any
time."
Urging Catholic and Jewish
co-responsibility to correct the
errors of the past, he added:
"The Christian has been unable
to understand the Jew or his
position in the world and has
thus left himself open to anti-
Jewish attitudes and feelings.
The Jew, similarly, has been un-
comprehending of Christians but
most of all, of their hatred of
Jews."
To help resolve the problems
created by such differences in
knowledge. Father Flannery pro-
posed that the first step would
be to equalize knowledge, to es-
tablish recognition of the his-
torical basis of anti-Semitism
and reveal its nature and causes.
He declared that even Popes,
Saints and Church fathers have
had a role in anti-Semitism and
that therefore the job of under-
standing its history and ravages
is one primarily for Christians.
Rabbi Balfour Brickner, di-
rector of the Commission on
Interfaith Activities of the
Union of American Hebrew
Congregations, told the confer-
ence that American Jews were
worried "that growing secular-
ism in American life," was
threatening "the continued
existence of religion."
Robert E. Segal, executive di-

rector of the Jewish Community
Council of Boston, said that the
need for confrontation of these
issues at a parish and congre-
gational level was much in evi-
dence. He also said that more
imaginative interfaith under-

standing programs needed to be
developed for both Christian and
Jewish religious schools. The
conference was sponsored joint-
ly by the JCC and the Anti-
Defamation League of Bnai
Brith.

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Riots Threaten to Close French Run
of Controversial Play on Pope Pius

PARIS, (JTA) —Due to re-
peated rioting in the theater,
police may close down the per-
formances of "The Deputy," the
drama by German playwright
Rolf Hochhuth which accuses
the late Pope Pius XII of fail-
ing to intervene against Hitler's
slaughter of European Jewry.
For the fourth time, Sunday
night, violent brawls broke out
in the theater while the per-
formance w a s on. Abusive
shouts, stink bombs and other
demonstrations interrupted the
action and, at one time, some
members of the audience leaped
onto the stage, fighting with the
actors. Twenty persons were ar-
rested as .a result of these
demonstrations and 28 were de-
tained by the police at an earlier
performance.
Cardinal Felton, Archbishop
of Paris, defended the demon-
strators by inference in a state-

ment in which he denounced the
play as a "caricature" leveling
"gratuitous accusations" against
the late Pontiff. "Who can fail
to understand," he asked, "that
a Catholic should feel wounded
at the insult done to the memo-
ry of his father?"

Hunt for Vandals
Who Desecrated
New Jersey Cemetery

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

FAIRVIEW, N.J. — Bergen
County Prosecutor Guy Calissi
said he had assigned two detec-
tives to work with Fairview
police in the continuing investi-
gation of the desecration of
scores of graves in the Mt.
Morah Cemetery.
The Bergen - Hudson Jewish
War Veterans Post has offered
a $500 reward for arrest and
conviction of the vandals.

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PARIS, (J1.\)—The situation
of Syria's Jev ish community
has taken a dangle •ous turn for
the worse in recen, weeks, the
French press reportea this week.
The report said that new and
severe anti-Jewish measures had
been proclaimed by authorities
in Damascus. Syrian Jews are
henceforth forbidden to travel
more than three miles from
their places of residence with-
out a special travel permit.
They are not to be permitted
to occupy official positions in
civil service or to serve in the
army. In very exceptional cases,
they will be permitted ,to leave
Syria but they can take with
them a maximum of $100 and
must abandon all other prop-
erties.

BOSTON (JTA)—Even well-
educated Christians have almost
"total ignorance" of the long
history of anti-Semitism, a fact
that complicates efforts to
achieve better relations between
Christians and Jews, it was
emphasized at the Second Con-
ference on Catholic-Jewish Un-
derstanding held at Boston Col-
lege.
Father Edward H. Flannery,
editor of the Providence Cath-
olic "Visitor," told the 80 rep-
resentatives of Boston Jewish
and Catholic communities that
"at most" the Christian has
heard of an occasional pogrom
and of Hitler's annihilation of
Jews. For the rest, "he believes
that Jew exaggerates and is
too persecution-minded."
The prelate added that the
Jew, "painfully aware of the
magnitude of the violence and
oppressions visited upon his
people, cannot understand the
Christian indifference" and in-

9 THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS—Fri day, Decemb er 20, 1963

• •
Prelate Calls Ch risttans Ignorant of Real Magnitude of Anti-Semitism

Situation
Worsens for
Syrian Jews

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