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August 21, 1964 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1964-08-21

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Oscar Pinkies' The House of Ashes' Reveals
Terrifying Experience Under Nazis Along
With Murderous Anti-Semitic Polish Antics

Two of Four Germans Never Heard of
Auschwitz; Trial Now in 9th Month

FRANKFURT — (JTA) — A
The Divo Institute said It had
public opinion poll on the attitude interviewed a representative cross-
Documentary evidence of the
There were frequent reports
Armai Krajowa, nor its London of West Germans towards the cur-
crimes committed by the Nazis is
about Treblinka, given them by
Government-in-Exile leave such rent trial here of former guards section of the populations of West
presented in one of the most per-
escapees, and while they were
written evidence; in fact they and officials of the Auschwitz Germany and West Berlin. Op-
sonal accounts published about the
in hiding they knew what was
have many documents to prove death camp revealed that two out position to the Auschwitz trial was
holocaust. In "The House of
happening, they were getting fre-
that their policy was to help of every four Germans surveyed strongest among those in the 35-to-
Ashes," an "autobiographical frag-
quent reports on the progress of
Jews. But better evidence lies Chad never heard of the trial. 55 age group; while those between
25 and 35 were the best informed
ment" issued by World Publish-
the war and they lived in hopes
in their record of widespread Among those
who were aware of about the Nazi era. The institute,
ing Co., Oscar Pinkus relates the
of speedy victory for the allies.
and persistent murder execut-
horrors that were visited upon the
ed both during and after the the proceedings, 39 per cent said which frequently conducts polls
While they waited for the lib-
for the Social Democratic Party,
community of his birth and the eration they suffered the agonies
war. One month after liberation they were opposed to it.
area in which he survived thanks of fear, the invasion of rats in
The trial, now entering its ninth also reported that, since the Eich-
an attempt was made on my life.
to the shelter that was dug for their dugout that frequently had
The bullet that was fired missed month, began last December. It mann trial in 1961, the percentage
him and his family by a Polish to be covered with manure when-
me, and a bomb tossed at my has heard 20 witnesses, many of of those Germans opposing war
peasant.
feet went off a fraction of a whom came from Israel and other crimes trials of former Nazis has
ever police were in sight. There
second late. Eventually in countries, relate stories of in- doubled.
While the revelations about the were hosts of bedbugs, inconveni-
March, 1945, out of about 20 human britality, sadism and mass
Nazi tactics are in themselves ences to drive the inmates to in-
Sixty more witnesses are
Jewish
survivors in Losice, the murder.
sanity.
One wonders, upon reading
among the most horrifying to be
scheduled to be heard by the
AK succeeded in murdering
The results of the poll which Auschwitz trial, which expects to
offered by a survivor from the this acount, how the group man-
three men in their sleep. Events was carried out by the Divo In- end its hearings by next January.
hurban, Pinkus' expose of the aged to survive. There were the
such as these were typ i c a 1 stitute here, shower that many of The number of defendants is now
cruelties that were imposed upon the threats from Karbicki, who
throughout the country culmin- those interviewed who said they 20, two having been dropped from
the survivors by the Polish resist- later cooperated by encouraging
ating in the organization of full- were against the trial, contended the trial because of ill health.
ance forces is one of the most them to wait for the day of free-
fledged pogroms, such as the that the defendants were merely
damning indictments of the Poles. dom; the fears from neighbors who
one in Kielce, where over 40 soldiers carrying out orders, and
Mishna is Hebrew for "repeti-
Every tale about the Nazi terror might inform upon them; the des-
Jews were massacred and many added that "it was best not to stir tion." The civil and religious law
serves to multiply the data avail- pair that set in whenever there
more wounded. In 1945 alone, up the Nazi past."
code compiled around 200 BCE.
able about the Hitler crimes. Pink- was a gunshot.
352 Jews were murdered by the
What amazed the hidden group
us' story is so effective, it is told
AK, more than the number kil-
in such detail, the narrator's ac- is that the very young children of
led during the entire 20 years
count of what had occurred to him Karbicki kept their secret even
of Poland's prewar i n d e p en B-
Brand New for
and his kinsmen offers such re- better than the elders.
• * *
ence."
vealing minutiae about the revolt-
Everyone
Whose
Until the Russian tanks finally
ing era, that "The House of Ashes
The AKs became known as "the
Car
Is
His
Office
were
in
sight
there
were
moments
emerges as major evidence against
Murders of Shadows—they who
a people that had suddenly been when Pinkus began to hope for threw grenades into graves and
crazed by the most inhuman pur- death to end his and his family's killed cadavers. Heroes who ex-
sufferings. The horror tales re- ecuted ghosts."
poses.
* * *
lated by the escapees from Trebli-
For this expose alone, Oscar
The author of this soul-stirring nka, those who jumped off the
story, now an American citizen, is ' trains that were to take them to Pinkus has earned gratitude as an
known for the contributions he has Treblinka, certainly did not add to historian who has hurled the truth
• Saves Time and Work
made in the field of the lubrica- the joy of their existence. But the about the holocaust not only at
tion theory. He has been writing struggle for survival went on and the Germans but also at guilty
• Boosts Commissions
Poles. In the planning to honor
poetry, and when his story began, on.
the true heroes of the was who
in his home town in Poland, he
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And when the end neared, the resisted the Nazis—those who like
had planned to turn to literature most pathetic figures were the
and to writing. Although he is a Germans. They who were arrog- the peasant Karbicki provided ref-
Now busy men can organize their paper work on the road,
scientist, he still writes poetry in ant suddenly became panicky, uge to the hounded Jews—Poland
keep records up to date the easy way.
English, and were it not for the they were the very personifica- should take the activities of the
horrors depicted in his "House of tion of cowardice. Their heroism AK into account and should make
Sturdy well-constructed Kar Porta Desk fits most any automobile,
Ashes" his autobiographical work was in their guns and in their amends for them, as the Germans
is easy to install, can be lifted out completely for weekends and over-
of
the
post-Nazi
era
must
make
might well have been considered a domination. The moment they were
night stops. Porta Desk is solidly constructed of high grade zinc-clad
country's guilt.
prose poem, it is so well written. licked and were the ones to flee, amends for their
* • •
paint-grip steel with rolled edges (can't tear clothing or upholstery).
their
boastings,
theid
shouting
had
He has degrees from the Iowa
The Pinkus story has the addi-
Finish is attractive metallic gray. Foam padded inside to prevent rattles.
State University and Rensselaer ended. Pinkus' description of the tional merit as an impresive in-
Polutechnic Institute and is the bedraggled. Germans as the war trepretation of life in the Europ-
The smooth top has a clip and pencil holder to grip work securely.
author of a novel, "Friends and was ending is part of his master- ean ghetto.
Interior contains a front compartment for files and order books, a
Lovers," and "Theory of Hydro- piece.
spacious rear section for storage.

*
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who
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Without doubt the most terrify- the shtetel will find in "The House
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he resides with his wife and ing revelation in entire book re- of Ashes" a labor of love. The
two children in Hampstead, N.Y. lates to the Poles who had begun able author knows and under-
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—he also lived in England, Spain to murder Jews just as the vict- stands the area whence he came.
and Italy, and was in Israel in ory against Nazism was in sight. He writes with love and affection
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1956 when he lectured at the It is a pathetic sory about parti- for the people with whom he suf-
money will be cheerfully refunded.
fered,
of
those
many
thousands
he
sans
whose
aim
were
more
to
Technion. His current novel first
appeared in Israel under the molest Jews than to resist the was one of less than 200 Jewish
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* * *
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I
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"The House of Ashes" stands powerful
I Name
autobiographical f r a g-
out not only as an account of
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man's inhumanity to man: the able ment is the following:
Like
Hitler
who
left
no
docu-
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author offers a study of people,
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State
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neither
did
the
000
persons.
evident under stress.
When the calamitous period be-
gan with the German attack on
Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, Pinkus
and others from his native city
of Losice, located near the river
Bug, sought refuge across the
border in Russia, only to be re-
pulsed. They returned to be wit-
nesses to the mass expulsion of
the Jews who were 90 per cent cf
the population of 8,000 in that
city. The author and his family
and less than 30 others hid in Ln
attic and later escaped to Koszel-
owka where a n underground
HENRY GOETZ
HARVEY GELLER
shelter was dug for them by the
Gen. Mgr.
Sales Mgr.
farmer Karbicki. They paid him,
and when their money was ex-
hausted Oscar Pinkus twice risk-
ed a trip back to Losice to dig up
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their former home by his uncle.
There was a return to Losice,
where "the little ghetto" was re-
constructed, but it was evident
that it was done only to attract
Jews again for deportations to
Treblinka.

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