German Youths Atone for Dads' Guilt,
Build Synagogue in French Locality
VILLEURBANNE, France — A Action Atonement contributed
synagogue designed by a Catholic $80,000 to the project, and the
architect who knew little about West German government provid-
synagogues and constructed by 14 ed an additional $20,000 through
German young people who • knew its restitution payments for Jew-
little about construction is the ish victims of the Nazis.
pride of this industrial city of
The volunteers did all but the
Kamm writes in plumbing and electrical work. Also
a foreman was supplied by a local
Only 80 families remain of the contractor.
German Jews who fled to Villeur-
banne during the Nazi era. The
The synagogue, completed last
community was dispersed when May, is a gray stone rectangular
the Germans marched into unoc- building with floor-to-roof windows
copied France in 1942. Those who framed by red concrete ribbing.
returned had only a broken-down Carpe said he imagined the entire
house in which to hold services. facade "like a door, to symbolize
Since they could get no funds the synagogue as a place of refuge
for repair from the French auth- for the Jewish people."
orities, they turned to the German
consul in nearby Lyons. A group
of German volunteers, that make
up Action Atonement, promised to
help. Eleven youths and three girls
showed up in November 1962 to
begin work on the synagogue, de-
signed by a local architect, Ray-
mond Carpe. Carpe designed the
three-story building from photo-
graphs of other synagogues and
with the advice of the community's
The young people, ranging in
age from 18 to 24, had few of
the skills required for the task,
but. they were determined to
atone for their fathers' guilt.
They received lodging in a for-
mer Catholic church and took
many of their meals in Jewish
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jERUS_kLEIVI (JTA)—A spokes-
- man for the Lebanese government
denied in Beirut that Lebanon has
started work on one of the Arab
projects for the diversion of the
Jordan River headwaters from
A report here stated that the
Lebanese spokesman said his gov-
ernment is awaiting instructions
from the Unified Arab Command
before it starts work on the pro-
ject. The Cairo press reported
Monday that bids for contracts for
the work in Lebanon will be sought
in the next week, but other reports
held that Lebancin is holding back
on implementing the water divers-
ion project, fearing that Lebanon
- would be open to attacks by the
Meanwhile, it was stated here
Tuesday that Phillips Talbot, as-
sistant U.S. secretary of state for
Near Eastern affairs, may visit
Israel soon. Talbot recently visit-
ed Lebanon and Jordan.
It was assumed here that, if
Talbot comes to Jerusalem, he
would deal with the problem of
Jordan River waters diversion plans
and Israel's reaction to those pro-
jects in the wake of the recent
visit here of W. Averell Harriman,
President Johnson's spacial emis-
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His time and happiness are his own, thanks to the
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