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March 26, 1965 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-03-26

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Israel Pays Honor to 2 British Sisters for Savino. 29 Jews in Prewar Europe
LONDON _ Two spinster sis- it. They just don't look the So the border guards would of us and to our country." He

ters whose ingenious exploits
would put James Bond to shame
were honored here by the Israel
government for spiriting 29 Jews
out of prewar Germany.
The non-Jewish sisters, Ida and
Louise Cook, operated modified
"Cooks tours" in their own fash-
ion, making repeated trips to Ger-
many and Austria while posing as
rich, eccentric opera lovers. Dur-
ing these trips they succeeded in
transferring documents, arrang-
ing passage and smuggling out
When Israel Ambassador Arthur
Lourie presented his government's
citation to the sisters Tuesday,
they brushed their ventures aside
as "not really dangerous, just in-
The Cooks first heard about the
Jews' plight from a friend, the
late conductor Clemens Krauss, in
Vienna. From an amateurish start,
the women became a legend.
One of the five rescued per-
sons present at the ceremony
was Walter Stiefel, a lecturer in
modern literature at Manches-
ter University. "I think if they
realized the danger of their work
they would never have been so
successful," he said. "They were
just naive, warm-hearted wo-
men—and they got away with

Stiefel said that at the age of
36 in 1939 he had been unable to
work for six years. He was print-
ing leaflets against the Nazis and
trying to organize some sort of
Every time the Cook sisters en-
tered the country, Stiefel said,
"there was a chain reaction over
the underground grapevine. Final-
ly some English friends directed
the sisters to my mother and me."
Stiefel said they almost didn't
make contact because he was sup-
posed to be carrying an English
newspaper in the Berlin station,
but there was none available. He
substituted a Dutch paper, but the
sisters wouldn't "fall for it."
"They were staying at the Adlon
Hotel in Berlin—fantastic. It was
Nazi Headquarters, where Hitler
stayed: But I called them and we
made another rendezvous."
The Cook sisters arranged an
entry visa to Britain and an ex-
ile permit from the Nazis. And
Stiefel got out.
One of the sisters' methods was
to arrive in fairly shabby clothing
and with half-empty suitcases.
They would stitch London labels
on the refugees' best clothing,
wear some and carry out the rest,
with as much jewelry and valu-
ables as they could get away with.

not catch on, the women used a added that the envoy understood
different frontier post each time "our problems as few outsiders
they left Germany.
did and made the Israelis under-
They even managed to smug- stand them though they have not
gle one man out of Buchenwald always appreciated our attitudes."
concentration camp in 1939.
The Ambassador said, in re-
* * *

sponse, the new British govern-
ment had meant no variation in
Lourie Ends Tour
British friendship and understand-
of Duty in Britain
ing toward Israel. He added that
LONDON (JTA)—The Anglo- the scheduled visit this month of
Israel Association, the Anglo- Israeli Prime Minister Levi Esh-
Israel Chamber of Commerce and kol was a reflection of the friend-
the Anglo-Israel
ly relations between the two coun-
Part lame ntary
tries. He said that the visit comes
Group joined in
at a time "when friendship be-
a farewell lunch-
tween the two countries has
eon to Arthur
ripened and we hope the results
Lourie, who is
of this visit will be a constructive
ending a tour of
amity and cooperation in the

duty as Israeli
Ambassador to
Britain, and to

Arab Students Fold Tents

LONDON (JTA)—An exhibit or-
ganized at Liverpool University by
200 members of the university's
Arab Students Society was closed
after complaints that the exhibit
included anti-Semitic propaganda.



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Mrs. Lourie.
Dr. Francis
Evans, chairman
of the executive
of the Anglo-
for the three
groups, expressed
regret at the
pending depar-

ture of the Louries. Labor Minis-
ter Ray Gunther said that the
envoy "was a great friend to many

Border Tensions Revive Arab-Israel
UN Charges; Rusk Hears Jewish Plea

— Complaints and counter-com-
plaints at the United Nations and
armed clashes on the border
marked heightened Israel - Arab
tensions last week.
Israel complained to the Secur-
ity Council that for two weeks Sy-
rian armed forces had "wantonly
and repeatedly" attacked Israeli
civilian activities in Israel terri-
tory. Ambassador Michael Camay,
Israel's permanent representative,
made the charge in a letter to the
Council. He said that the Syrian at-
tacks had created "a tense and
dangerous situation" near Alma-
gor, a border area including Kora-
zim, target of much of the recent
In one of the attacks, an Is-
raeli was killed and four were
wounded. The attacks were
aimed at tractors working land
which Syria said was Syrian and
Israel said was Israeli. Comay
said that the Syrian chief of staff
had promised the UN Truce
Supervisiory head, Gen. Odd Bull
that the attacks would cease.
As he was submitting the letter,
a new affray was reported, this
one involving Syrian machinery
for a project to divert the Banias
River, a Jordan River tributary.
The Damascus Radio said that Is-
rael had deliberately invaded the
area with tanks and shot up equip-
ment working on the project. Is-
rael retorted that, as in prior
cases, it was the Syrians who had
opened fire. The attacks in the
Dan area involved Syrian recoilless
guns and Israel had to use tank
guns to silence the attacks.
In the crossfire, Israel said, trac-
tors, bulldozers and other heavy
equipment assembled by Syria for
the water diversion project were
hit. Damascus said one tractor driv-
er was killed.
Jordan filed two complaints
against Israel, charging Israeli
"dangers" to the peace and secur-
ity of the area. The letters charged
Israel with "aggression" in the La-
trun area and of endangering



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peace with a military parade in
Jerusalem on May 6, Israel's Inde-
pendence Day.
The Latrun charge, which in-
cluded no specifics, involved Is-
rael's cultivation of farm lands in
the Latrun demilitarized zone near
Jerusalem which both countries
have been plowing for years with-
out objection. Jordan said it had
been assured by the UN that Is-
rael would hold its main parade
in Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem, but
complained anyway that Israel
planned to hold a "symbolic" mili-
tary parade in Jerusalem that day.
Jewish Group, Rusk
Meet on Middle East Issues
tary of State Dean Rusk was told
at an hour-long meeting with
American Jewish leaders on recent
Middle Eastern developments that
"a firm and clear statement by the
United States government and firm
and clear action would be the most
effective deterrent to aggression."
This was made known after the
meeting in which the Jewish dele-
gation voiced concern over events
in the Middle East, especially Arab
plans to block Israel's water
sources and the military imbalance
caused by the continued flow of
Soviet arms to Egypt.
The group was headed by Dr.
Joachim Prinz, chairman of the
Conference of Presidents of Major
American Jewish Organizations. In-

eluded were Rabbi Philip S. Bern-
stein, chairman of the America-
Israel Public Affairs Committee;
Mrs. Rose Halprin, chairman of the
Jewish Agency for Israel—Ameri-
can Section; George Maislen, pres-
ident of the United Synagogue of
America; Mrs. Joseph Willen, pres-
ident of the National Council of
Jewish Women, and Yehuda Hell-
man, executive director of the con-
Rabbi Prinz said his group was
not at liberty to make known
Rusk's response but felt the Sec-
retary had given careful atten-
tion to the points raised.
Among the subjects covered
were "problems' arising from Nas-
ser's blackmail" including boycott
measures affecting American com-
merce. Rabbi Prinz said it was not
enough for the United States mere-
ly to condemn the Arab boycott.
He thought concrete steps against
it, such as the pending William-
Javits anti-boycott bill were
needed. He urged support of this
meastire. Emphasis was placed on
the rising danger from the Arab
water diversion threat and the re-
gional arms imbalance. Rabbi
Prinz said that a proper arms bal-
ance would act as a deterrent to
aggression. The issue of continued
American aid to Egypt was not-

Drawing by Saul Raskin

Jewish Candidates Lose
in Chilean Senate Race;
Press, Radio Oppose Them

Two Jews who were candidates for
the federal senate in last week's
national election s _ were defeated,
due partly to a stiff newspaper
and radio campaign against them,
final tabulations showed:
The losers were Sen. Angel Fai-
vovich, seeking reelection to the
Senate, and Rep. Jacobo Schaul-
son. Both ran on the Radical Part-
ly, against President Frei's Chris-
tian Democratic Party.
Faivovich has been for many
years senator and also was presi-
dent of the party. He was also
Vice-president of the Senate.
Schaulson was till now member of
the house of representatives and
for more than a year its president..
Both Jewish candidates are profes-
sors of law at the university here.
They are both active in Jewish life
in Chile.


The memories of Passovers gone by—the search and safe of the Chometz Grandp
poking around the kitchen, making the horseradish and the Choraches—putting on th
new suit of clothes and shoes—pockets full of hazel nuts—and almonds—anxiou
waiting for the Seder to start—Uncle Joe and Aunt Sadie were always late—the wh
family together—Grandpa looking like a king propping the pillow on the chair best
him—Grandma tired after baking and cooking all day but "My Malke" my queen, h
called her—the Kiddush and then my turn for "Ma Nishtanah" and the answer givete
with Grandpa's voice ringing out over all—the first half of the Hagadah almost over••f
even the bitter herbs tasted so good—Passover it was always "strong"—all were core
peed to eat it otherwise we could not get the hard boiled egg and salt water—aril
then the meal—nobody, but nobody, could cook better than Grandma—we ate—ana
ate and then the "Benchen"—and the rest of the Hagadah—and some more cups at
wine—and the opening of the door—and the stories of how in the old country someone
frightened the whole family by appearing at that door—but best of all the songs wits
which the second half of the Hagadah abound—and the feeling of drowsiness—conten#
ment—and the thought thatotomorrow the same thing once more
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