Opposing Goals in Czechoslovakia:
Jewish Assimilation or Emigration
WW II Uprising
Warsaw Observes 20th Anniversary of were
in hiding in the forest just
(Editor's Note: In his revealing
WARSAW—Poland paid homage
before liberation. His account of
Aug. 1 to the citizens of Warsaw autobiographieal account of his ex- that sad period is given in "The
House of Ashes" to be issued by
The Jewish Observer and Middle tion and are now strangling in overwhelming Nazi forces in the
Losice area in Poland, Oscar Pin- World Publishing Co. on Aug. 28.
East Review notes that the un- the grip of
Warsaw Uprising of 1944.
kus charges that the Polish under- The review of Pinkus' book will
The day before, a commemora-
easiest of all the people of Czech-
They are violently anti-Zion-
forces had begun a cam- appear in The Jewish News later
slovakia today are the few thou- ist and reject any suggestion tion meeting organized by the paign of massacring Jews who this month.)
sand Jews still remaining after the
that the Jews as such are a na-
the Former Combatants for Free-
tional group. The only thing
dom and Democracy and Nazi
They do not relish conversations they have in common is their
Prisoners) was held in the Con-
desire to assimilate quickly and
with foreigners, and will talk only
gress Hall of the Palace of Culture
if they are absolutely sure of not completely. They are the Mar-
being quoted. The overwhelming ranos of today, existing
On the eve of the anniversary,
majority of the 10,000 so-called
spiritual ghetto, but unlike the
Spanish victims of the Inquisi- the wreaths were placed at the
..1zecho-Juden in Bohemia long ago
tion, feeling no bonds with the newly unveiled Monument of the
severed all contacts with Jews and
Heroes of Warsaw at the Theatre
Judaism. They opted for assimila- rest of the Jewry.
Square in Poland's capital.
The majority of Czech Jews
Honor guards were posted in all
were physically exterminated at
Theresienstadt. There are very the places of fighting and martyr-
few Jewish children to be seen— dom in Warsaw. Wreath-laying
even young couples feel insecure ceremonies were also held at the
and do not want to bring chlidren Powazki Cemetery, where thous-
into a world of nuclear weapons, ands of young insurgents were
they themselves having surived buried.
In connection with the anni-
the gas chambers.
versary, new books and publica-
Grossinger's is going to hold
As a religious group, these Jews tions on the Warsaw Uprising
a "Summer Rendezvous Week
do not suffer any discrimination, a appeared in Poland. Among
fact that most of them were anxi- them are "The Political Reasons
for Single People," August
ous to stress. All their needs are of the Warsaw Uprising" by
23-30. Everything will be
met by the government on equal Aleksanderr Skarzynski; "The
planned with one thing in mind: to bring single people together, make it
terms with other religious groups. Anthology of Memory 1939-1945,
*lei Cal Ctlab,s
easy for boy to meet girl and girl to meet boy!
In Slovakia, there is a differ-
Volume II", collecting the liter-
There'll be a great round of romantic activities and events that should
ent tale to tell. Very few of the
ary works and recollections on
assimilated Slovak Jews survived
keep Dan Cupid very busy all week long. Highlights will include cocktail
the Warsaw Uprising; the
the war, and most of those now
and get-together parties, a moonlight swim and dance party, sweetheart tennis,
special enlarged edition of the
golf, table-tennis tournaments, special late shows in the Terrace Room Lounge,
living opted to trans f e r to
magazine "For Freedom and
great entertainment, afternoon dance sessions at the outdoor pc", special singles
Czechoslovakia when their region
People" which includes the
programs conducted by Lou "Simon Says" Goldstein and dancing to four top bands.
"voluntarily r e t u.r n e d to the
memories of the soldiers of the
It'll be great! So, don't be late; make it a date. If you're single, c'mon to
People's Army and of the brave
Grossinger's for the gala Summer Rendezvous Week, August 23-30!
"Zoska" batallion of the Home
* August 15—Seymour Grau Pro-Guest Tournament. Free Golf Clinic by outstande
Jews, totaling about 12,000 or so,
ing pros. August 22—Caesarea (Israel) International Golf Tournament for the Roth-
and are extremely religious. The
schild Trophy. (A great golf tournament for guests will be held at Grossinger's
On Aug. 1, 1944, the headquar-
every Saturday this summer.)
social structure and economic con- ters of the Home Army, upon the
ditions of Slovak Jewry differ com- direction of the Polish emigre
* Eddie Cantor' and Milton Berle Tennis Trophy Tournaments every week. Tennis exhi-
pletely from those of their Bo- government in London, started an
bitions by leading "name" players are held regularly. Free tennis instruction clinic
hemian brethren. While the lat- uprising in Warsaw in conditions
every week by Eli E. Epstein, coach of the Yeshiva University tennis varsity. Variety
ter are on the whole well-edu- of the full isolation from the allied
cated and with a western Euro- armies. The units of the People's
* Special progrbMs for single people every week. * Children's Day Camp. * Teen
pean cultural background, Slovak Army joined the Home Army in
Center. * Complete Daytime Activities Program directed by Lou "Simon Says" Gold-
stein. * Four great bands for dancing. * Art instruction. * Lectures * Health Clubs
Jews include very few professional the battle.
(one for him and one for her). * Dining at the new Golf Clubhouse. * All-weather
The insurrection lasted 63 days
men and indeed few with any trade
and clay tennis courts. * Outdoor and Indoor Swimming Pools. * Private Lake. * Free
and after the defeat of the fighters,
or business training.
Dance Classes. * Outdoor dining at the official Olympic Swimming Pool. * Night Club.
Unlike the Jews of Bohemia, the city of Warsaw was left in
* Theater. * New 98-guest-room building—the Jennie G.
Slovak Jews do not feel at home ruins. Three hundred thousand of
among their non-Jewish f ellow the Warsaw population of 1,135,000
citizens. While there is no overt perished in the battles and execu-
discrimination against Jews in tions. Those who survived were
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Slovakia, they are not accepted as driven out of the burning city by
equals. Despite this, Hebrew is the germans.
taught everywhere , kashruth
strictly complied with, and every
Jewish festival observed. Children
abound, and such is the continuity
of Jewish life that there is little
Although the Jews of Slovakia
are better off economically than
they were in Carpatho-Ruthenia
and have preserved their Jewish
way of life, they live in an atmos-
phere of uncertainty and unease.
The overwhelming majority would
emigrate to Israel if given the op-
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