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June 05, 1964 - Image 29

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1964-06-05

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Adrienne Greenberg
to Marry in October

MISS ADRIENNE GREENBERG

At a recent family dinner, Mr.
and Mrs. Ben G r e e n b erg an-
nounced the engagement of their
daughter Adrienne Joyce to Leo
Stanley Wuls, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Benjamin Wuls of Downs-
view, Ont.
An October wedding is planned.

Pianist Rubenstein
Honored as Hebrew U.
Opens Musicology Dept.

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The He-
brew University formally opened its
new department of musicology in
the presence of the famed Amer-
ican pianist, Arthur Rubenstein.
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
has endowed a chair in honor of
Rubenstein, who always refused to
accept fees for his many appear-
ances with the orchestra.

David J. Goldbergs
Married 50 Yea rs

MR. AND MRS. GOLDBERG

Mr. and Mrs. David J. Goldberg,
1 9 3 2 6 Wisconsin, will celebrate
their 50th wedding anniversary
Sunday.
The Goldbergs are affiliated with
many organizations, including Bar-
Ilan University, the Jewish House
of Shelter, JNF, Yeshivath Beth
Yehudah, and Bnai Brith; and are
members of Bnai Moshe. Beth Ab-
raham, and Beth Tefilo Emanuel
rrikvah Synagogues.
Mr. and Mrs. Goldberg will cele-
- —ate their anniversary with their
children, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard
Gold and Morris Goldberg, and
grandchildren. Trees are being
planted in their honor in Israel.

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Leon Uris' Armageddon' Recapitulates
Battle for Berlin and City's Division

Leon Uris, having just s c ored a
victory in London in the libel suit
that involved his "Exodus"; still
remembered for the "Exodus" and
"Mila 18" successes, is certain to
be in the limelight again with his
newest novel, "Armageddon," be-
ing issued this week by Doubleday.
A Literary Guild selection for
July, "Armageddon" already is as-
sured of a spot among the best
sellers. Then there is the theme
itself: the fact that it deals with
the most crucial period that pre-
ceded the tense East-West struggle
gives this volume extra status.
It is not only the difficulties that
arose after the last war between
Soviet Russia and the United
States, preceding the division of
Berlin, but also the retracing of
the background of Nazism and the
evaluation of current conditions re-
lating to the attitudes of Americans
LEON URIS
and other allies towards ex-Nazis,
that makes this work noteworthy.
warding off the Russian menace,
Armageddon, named in refer-
and the result was the division
ence to Megiddo and the ancient
of the city, but with most of the
Biblical battle conducted there,
West Berliners remaining in an
with its mystical implications, is
area of freedom thanks to Ameri-
interpreted as "the place where
can aid.
the final battle will be fought be-
The airlift which brought mil-
tween the forces of good and
lions of tons of food and supplies
evil." As the implied center of
to Berlin—an accomplishment that
any serious crucial armed con-
was believed to be impossible of
fict, the application of Arma-
achievement by the Russians, a
geddon to Berlin—the center of
success that was doubted by most
the new Uris story—is especially
Americans and by the Berliners,
applicable.
There are love stories here — led to the attainment of an aimed
between the brilliant American goal which emerges as one of the
army officer Sean O'Sullivan and major motivations of the Uris
a German girl; between the Rus- novel.
sian colonel Igor Karlovy and a
Life in Germany after the war,
German teen-ager. There are other the manner in which even arch
affairs — and interlinked with them criminals posed as "we didn't
are stirring accounts of the strug- know" what had happened, the
gles between the Russians and the minority that was anti-Nazi and
Americans, the effort of the Ameri- helped the Americans in the tasks
can representatives to establish the of establishing democratic institu-
security of the Berlin area, the tions — these are among the fac-
intrigues and the scheming which tors that emerge in "Armageddon."
called for courageous action by the
There are emotional aspects to
representatives of this country in the story. The young girls' search
an embattled area that became a after luxuries—especially cigarettes
very crucial center of conflict.
and chocolates—and their abandon
Uris has made -a thorough study in their sex lives; the first days of
of the East-West struggle relating the Russians' entrance into Berlin
to Berlin and his "Armageddon" and the orgies that ensued, the
therefore is an historical novel. So devotion of American military
complete are his analyses of the personnel realizing they had duties
differences that existed before the to perform — these and many
issue was resolved into a divided other elemental factors add to the
Berlin that there is more of his- story's importance.
tory than of love-making in this
The rapings of young children
narrative.
by the Russian invaders when they
Readers of "Armageddon" will
first came to Berlin will cause the
be amazed to learn anew the readers to shudder. Some will re-
source of trouble in Berlin, the
fuse to believe that such inhuman-
miseries that developed from the ity was possible. Uris must have
fact that the Russian troops were gone to the proper sources to
get
permitted to be the first to enter data for his novel
the city. Had American troops
In an explanatory statement made
occupied it first, most of the cur-
tc the Literary Guild, Uris gave
rent miseries might have been
these reasons for "Armageddon":
avoided. The ensuing battle as it
"Never, not even for 'Exodus,' had I
is outlined in the Uris volume amassed such a volume of material.
came the logistical problem of
reveals the extent of the trou- Next
defining the most important facts, set-
bles. The determined American
ting them in chronological order and
them with a fictional cast
representatives, having succeeded interweaving
of Germans, Russians and Americans.
in convincing the Pentagon that Then began a two and a half year
grind at the typewriter. My proudest
the U.S. must hold the line in achievement
as a writer was the fic-
Berlin, were compelled to risk tional re-creation of the Berlin Airlift.
armed conflicts. Through sheer
"Many of us have a block about Ger-
but I believe automatic German-
persistence they succeeded in many,
hating is not answer enough. Today,

Dinner June 17 in New York to Honor
Zvi Tomkiewicz with Herzog Medal;
Chief Rabbi and Stollman to Speak

Announcement was made in New ecutive committee of the Religious
York this week by the national ex- Zionists of America Mizrachi-Hapoel
Hamizrachi that Zvi Tomkiewicz,
executive director of the movement
in Detroit, will be honored at the
annual national banquet in New
York, June 17.
In recognition of his "extraordi-
nary and outstanding service to the
movement," Tomkiewicz will be
presented with the Chief Rabbi
Herzog Gold Medal Award.
It is expected that Chief Rabbi
Isle Yehuda Untermann of Israel,
who will be a guest in this country
at that time, will be the principal
speaker at the dinner.
Phillip Stollman, Detroit Mizrachi
leader, will address the banquet in
ZVI TOMKIEWICZ . .
Toinkiewicz's honor.

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less than two decades after the war,
the Germans hold a balance of power
in the world, and the strange fact of
life is that Germany is our most power-
ful and important ally. We must do
everything in our power to attempt to
solve the eternal riddle of the German
mind and to understand how Naziism
was possible in the twentieth century.
My attempt to understand the Germans
is the first of three themes of 'Arma-
geddon!
"At the end of the War, the Soviet
bear burst from years of hibernation
obsessed with the idea of devouring
the human race. In Berlin the Ameri-
can and Russian giants clashed in an
armageddon for the minds of the Ber-
liners, the German people and the
world. If we know what took place in
Berlin in those years immediately after
the war, then I believe we can under-
stand the depth of Russian ambition
and the genesis of the Cold War. Berlin
is that one place on the globe where
we have never broken off day-to-day
contact in direct struggle. The clashes
of those early post-war years make up
some of the most supercharged pages
of the history of this century.
"There is a third theme in 'Arma-
geddon,' and it is the most important
to me because it tells how I feel about
my country. At the end of the war our
people, steeped in the belief that mili-
tary victory would bring lasting peace,
wanted to end the nuisance of foreign
commitments. The cry was to bring the
boys home, start the automobile as-

THE DETROIT JEWISH • NEWS
Friday, June 5, 1964
29

Kramer-_Rosett Rites
to Be Held in Autumn

sembly lines going, roll out the old
pleasures. But there was left a thin
line of American and British soldiers
on the European Continent and that
was all that kept the Red tide from
sweeping over Europe. This handful of
dedicated people had the courage, the
love of country, and the foresight to
hang on until we concluded our post-
war binge.
"We met the first great challenge
with the Berlin Airlift. It is this part
of the book, the grandeur of our people
and our ideals, that argues that free
men cannot be conquered when they
hang tough.
"I feel that of all the lines I have
written none has greater meaning for
me than the one where a misunderstood
Genera] pleads to the President of the
United States: 'In the name of God,
Mr. President, the future of freedom
on this earth requires our presence in
Berlin.' That's what 'Armageddon' is
about."

In many portions of the narra-
tive of 632 pages—like the others
of Uris' novels, "Armageddon" is
long — there is room for some
editing. Historians may challenge
some of the facts. Nevertheless,
the new story seems certain of
another long retention of a place
among the best sellers. It is a
challenging work, more from the
historical than the fictional side of
it. The referrals to the Jewish suf-
ferings under the Nazis are minor
in this story, nevertheless they
share in it, even if to a minor
degree. "Armageddon" is another
supreme effort by a man whose
stories of the Warsaw Ghetto
("Mila 18") and Israel's battle for
freedom ("Exodus") gave him such
high ranking in the world of lit-
erature.

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MISS BARBARA KRAMER

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Kramer
of Pennington Dr. announce the
engagement of their daughter Bar-
bara Sue to Robert Jeffrey Rosett,
son of Mrs. Paul Rosett of Free-
land Ave. and the late Mr. Rosett.
A November wedding is planned.

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