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April 02, 1965 - Image 2

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-04-02

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Purely Commentary

Dr. Blumenfield's
Education Survey
w omovitz
Issued in Israel

War on the KKK ... USSR B y
Aid for Nasser . • Library ,
. Nazi Trials


Statute of Limitations: Is the New Date Acceptable?
A comprehensive survey of Jew-
President Johnson once again has earned the fullest confidence
There will be an extension of the statute of limitations for the ish education in the United States
of the people of this land by his declaration of war on the Ku Klux prosecution of Nazi criminals. But the question remains: is the new “ Hevra V e h i n u c h Beyahadut
year, 1970, the proper date on which to end the prosecutions?
America," ("Education in the
Many of the criminals who have escaped justice will be in their
The outrageous murder of the dedicated Detroit woman—Viola
Gregg Liuzzo—who had gone to Alabama to join in an appeal for fifties, some in their sixties, in 1970. If they escape punishment, they American
has been
Dr. Samuel
justice for downtrodden and harrassed fellow-citizens called for will be young enough to return to Germany and once again to enter published in Hebrew by M. New-
immediate action—and the President provided it.
into Nazi activities.
man, Tel Aviv.
We have faith that West Germany is determined to prevent a
The President's appeal to the KKK members to abandon their
Written by the director of the
bigotries and to return to a decent life expresses the basic idea recurrence of Nazism. At the same time it has been established that
the overwhelming majority of the Germans desire to see an end to department of education and
inherent in the. American sense of justice and fair play.
and cul-
the trials: they would like to have the evil past forgotten. ture of the Jewish Agency
Our sympathies are with the Liuzzo family.
But if there is to be a strong deterrent to the evils of the past, former
the College
We take pride in the stand taken by our President.
Jewish president
Studies of of
the new
May we see an end to the horrors that have caused a part of it can be assured only if the crimes will not be forgotten. There is book is a full length study of the
j only one certain way of keeping the past within the memory of
this land to be turned into a jungle.
May we never again be faced with the inhumane conditions which mankind that should be alerted about the horrors that were per- history, development, leading
have been imposed upon innocent people by the relic of the worst petrated by the Germans: by placing before the bars of justice the piques
of the
l arch criminals.
mankind—the KKK.
The year 1970 is too early a date for the end of the trials.
Published in Israel last Decem-( _____,
West German Gestures to Jewry and to Israel
her, the book is now available in
The two crises that involved Israel, Jewry and West Germany in Detroit Public Library's Centennial
the United States where it is being
serious disputes have resulted in interesting expressions of friendship 1 Marking its 100th birthday, the Detroit Public Library points to distributed by the publication de-
on the part of the Germans. There is evidence of an earnest desire growth that is worthy of the progress attained culturally by the country partment of the Jewish Agency-
American Section. On the occasion
on the part of the spokesmen for the Bonn government to atone for at large.
the crimes, to compensate the sufferers, to assist Israel.
From its modest beginning, the Detroit Public Library has become t of its publication in Israel, the first
It is true that much of the sentimentality has resulted from the one of the great libraries in the land. Its recent expansion, its copy was presented to Israel's
conflict with East Germany. If it had not been for the West German possession of more than two million books, make the library a center President, Zalman Shazar, at a
reception tendered by the Jewish
animosity for the East Germans it is possible that much of the love for learning, research, information.
Under the direction of R. A. tilveling, the librarian since 1941, Agency's Department of Education
for Jewry might not have been evidenced at all.
Nevertheless, there did develop an important sentiment which Detroit's Public Library has emerged as a source of pride for all and Culture in Jerusalem in Dr.
Blumenfield's honor.
is worth noting.
In the course of the disputes, a new series of fact sheets has
begun to appear under the title Deutschland-Berichte—Reports from
Germany. The latest of these contain a mass of material to show
how Germany desires to adhere to pledges and friendships with Israel
Boris Smolar's
and the Jewish people. It offers background data on the accord
that was reached between Ben-Gurion and Adenauer, and there is
even an affectionate "Imaginary and Unwritten Letter to David
Ben-Gurion" linking Germany's interests in a free world with Israel.
MUNICH (JTA) — The Munich
There is one portion of these Berichte that deserves particular
attention. Referring to the cessation of West German aid to Egypt,' public prosecutor's office has insti-
in view of the United Arab Republic's strengthened diplomatic rela- tuted proceedings against the ex- 1
(Copyright, 1965, Jewish
Telegraphic Agency, Inc.)
tionship with East Germany, the Bonn reporter offers the following tremist right-wing newspaper, the
figures and data regarding Soviet assistance to the Arabs:
PASSOVER PRESENT: No Hebrew book has been so widely and
Zeitung, for incitement to race
hatred against the Jewish people. I lovingly illustrated as the Hagadah . . . The most ancient text of a
I should like to give another list
Grenade Throwers
of weapons, which shows the huge
In recent weeks, the weekly, i Hagadah that is preserved today comes from the Cairo Geniza . .
extent of the Soviet Union's sup-
which has been denounced in the And the first printed Hagadah—printed seven years after the first
.plies of arms not only to Egypt, but
also to Syria, Iraq, the Yemen, and
West German Bundestag as teem- Hebrew book was printed—apparented in 1482—in Guadalajara, Spain
especially in most recent times also
ing with "poisonous anti-Semi- .. . But the best known Hagadahs are the hand-illuminated Sarajevo
to Algeria. In this connection it
Fighter Bombers and Bombers
seems completely ludicrous that the
tism." carried lengthy articles by Hagadah, of the 14th Century, and the Kaufmann Hagadah, now in
Federal Republic's arms supplies to
officials of the American Council the Oriental Library of the Hungarian Academy of Science in Budapest
Israel should be taken as an excuse
for closer contacts with the Soviet
. . . To the collection of famous hand-illuminated Hagadahs of great
for Judaism.
Occupied Zone of Germany and
The articles were written by art, a new one has now been added . . . It is Ben Shahn's Hagadah,
Herr Ulbricht. The arms supplies to
Israel, amounting to a total of 240
Rabbi Elmer Berger, the organ- published by Little, Brown and Co. . .. Designed and illuminated by
million DM, are a fraction of the
executive vice-president, the famous American artist, Ben Shahn, this new, beautiful Hagadah
Soviet arms supplies to the value
and Bill Gottlieb, its public rela- carries the traditional text of the Hagadah in Hebrew and in English,
of 8,720 million DM to all the Arab
States by the middle of 1964. This
tions director. Both articles at- with 12 pages of the Hebrew text lettered by hand by the artist ...
comparison alone shows how ridicu-
tacked American Zionist activities. The pages are richly illustrated with seven-color reproductions of
lous this argument is, especially as
the tanks in question were supplied
Munich Prosecutor Bernhard Shahn's art, bringing out the glory and the mystery that form the
to Israel without guns, and without
Bader said t h e proceedings essential meaning of Passover . . . There are also 10 pages of color
range and target finders.
stemmed from a number of suits drawings by the artist, illustrating the popular Passover song "Had
During talks with the American
Ambassador at Large, Mr. Harri-
filed against the weekly by private Gadyo" (The Only Kid) . • . This exquisite edition is the artist's
man, in Israel, the Israeli govern-
individuals. Since January, the labor of love, reflecting his memories of Passover in his father's
(Skory Class. 3.100 tons).
ment gave Mr. Harriman, who was
The Soviet arms aid up to the
apparently mainly concerned with
weekly has been attacking West home in Lithuania . . . He started working on illustrating the
the military status quo in the Near
German officials who favored the Hagadah more than 30 years ago . . . In 1933, Mrs. Frieda Schiff
1,300 million dollars
East. a list of the Soviet arms sup-
350 million dollars
plies to the UAR. It is particularly
extension of the statute of limita- Warburg acquired the illustrated pages from Shahn, and turned
90 million dollars
interesting to study the details in
tions for prosecution of Nazi crim- them over to her son, Edward M. M. Warburg, who presented them
400 million dollars
the following list:
40 million dollars
in 1947 as a gift to the Jewish Museum in New York . . . The
Arms Supplies from the Eastern
Bloc to the Arab States Between
The publication has been using originals, prized possessions of the Museum, attracted the attention
1955 and the Middle of 1964.
Increased Aid for Algeria in the
language strongly reminiscent of of the Trianon Press, of Paris, which decided to publish the Ben
Tanks and Armoured Trucks
Second Half of 1964:
anti-Semitic Nazi publications in Shahan Hagadah in a facsimile edition . . . The plates were taken
The Soviet Union increased its
charging an alleged "plot of inter- to France, where the entire volume was printed by Little, Brown and
military aid to Algeria by a large
extent in the second half of 1964.
national Jewry to poison German Co. one of the largest publishing firms, in association with the Trianon
In this period Algeria received:
relations with the Arab world."
660 artillery guns
Press . . . The English text in the volume is based on the translation
440 tanks Type T 54 and heavy
Guns of Various Calibres
of Dr. Cecil Roth, noted British-Jewish historian . .. The book is a
tanks T 10
1.000 troop transport trucks
Cardinal Spellman Cited magnificent contribution to Jewish art, and belongs to the category
2 coastal patrol boats
of Hagadahs which art lovers seek to collect . . . It will make the
150 jet fighters and fighter-bomb-
by Reform Jews; Hails
ers of the Types MIG 17 and MIG
best Passover present for any Jewish family this year, and in the
Anti-Aircraft Weapons
Vatican Action on Jews
years to come.
24 bombers IL 28
NEW YORK (JTA) — Francis
* * *
2 submarines
Cardinal Spellman, Roman Catho-
In this connection it may be men-
COMMUNAL AFFAIRS: The manner in which transfer of pro-
tioned that a submarine school has
lic archbishop of New York, ex- fessional leadership of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of
been set up in the UAR with Soviet
pressed "satisfaction" here Sun- New York would take with the appointment of Dr. David G. Salten
aid. and it is indubitably also used
Eight of these being the Soviet W
to train submarine and rocket per-
day night with the Ecumenical to the newly created post of executive director of the Federation hr-'—
Class (1,600 tons) with six torpedo
sonnel for naval units in the other
Council's preliminary adoption of now been clarified . .. Dr. Salten is scheduled to assume his pf
tubes, and underwater speed of 15
Arab States. So far 4,000 men have
knots. These boats have a range
passed through this school.
a church declaration absolving on Oct. 1, and it is contemplated that he will succeed Dr. Maurice
which would permit action in At-
The total number of Soviet tech-
the Jewish people of the ancient B. Hexter and Joseph Willen on Jan. 1, 1967 . . Until that time,
lantic waters.
nicians and military instructors at
present in Egypt is roughly 7,000.
charge of deicide and condemning Dr. Hexter and Willen, long-time executive vice-presidents of the
Federation, will remain in their positions as executive vice-presidents
Without granting the German report a holier-than-thou status,
Cardinal Spellman made that
the facts offered reveal that there is a danger, that Russian aid to statement while accepting an . . . It is anticipated that, on Jan. 1, 1967, Dr. Salten will be elected
by the Federation board of trustees as executive vice-president, with
the Arabs is mounting and dangers increase with it.
award at a dinner given in his
That should have encouraged continued military assistance for honor by the Reform Jewish Ap- Hexter and Willen becoming executive consultants . . . The interim
Israel from Germany. The cessation of arms shipments was to Ger- peal, a campaign for the support 15-month period will be one of training and study for Dr. Salten,
many's discredit. Perhaps the wrong will be corrected, now that of American Reform Judaism's under the leadership and direction of the president of the Federation,
Irving Mitchel Felt, and the two executive vice-presidents
Israel and Bonn will exchange envoys.
two principal organizations — the currently
* *
During this time, Dr. Salten will become familiar with the
. .
Hebrew Union College—Jewish In- methods,
programs, operations, administration and needs of the
A Writer Soldier Who Was Motivated by Bias
stitute of Religion and the Union
which annually raises about $20,000,000 for normal main-
Hoffman Nickerson, soldier-politician-sportsman-writer, who died of American Hebrew Congrega-
tenance needs, and is currently engaged in a $180,000,000 Building
last week at the age of 76. was notorious in his day. All-but-forgotten, tions.
during the fall and winter,
there are some who recall when he was branded as a man of bias,
At the dinner, attended by 600, Fund campaign . .. It is expected that,
when he said some nasty things about Jews.
Rabbi Maurice N. Eisendrath, Dr. Salten will work more closely with the fund-raising staff of
It was natural for him to write a book on "The Inquisition" and president of the Union of Ameri- Federation, while the maintenance fund-raising campaign is in the
to have the notorious Catholic anti-Semite Hilaire Belloc write the can Hebrew Congregations, hailed progress . . He will work more closely with the functional staff,
the Ecumenical Council's action during the spring, when the distribution committee meets with the
He was a descendant of the early settlers in New Amsterdam, in in regard to Christian-Jewish rela- affiliated agencies to determine the budgetary allocations for the
1637, and one would have thought that with such a background he had tions as representing "the most ensuing fiscal year . . . In this transition period, Dr. Hexter and
sufficient time to acquire love and a measure of tolerance. He didn't. powerful blow ever struck by Mr. Willen and their associates, as well as the professionals and lay
Now very few in our own midst even know the name of the Christianity against the mortal sin leaders of the affiliated agencies, will work with Dr. Salten to trans-
mit to him their knowledge and experience in such diverse fields
man once notorious or his background. Only historians like Bernard of anti-Semitism."
as fund-raising, communal planning, fund distribution, medical serv-
G. Richards (head of the Jewish Information Bureau in New York)
ices, social and group work, recreational services and the full gamut
are able to recall the sad experiences with a well known figure in his THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
of activities performed under the Federation banner.
2 — Friday, April 2, 1965
day who did not - hesitate to be antagonistic to Jews.

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