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April 16, 1965 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-04-16

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Bnai Brith at a 'Lincoln Inaugural'

Public Speaking Manual Is Offered
in Toastmaster Forley's New Volume

How does one eliminate stage
fright? There are many public-
spirited people who are active in
public causes but are unable to
express themselves on a public
platform. How can they correct it?
Maurice Forley, executive of
Toastmasters International, offers
the solutions and provides aid in
"Public Speaking Without Pain,"
published by David McKay Co.,
750 3rd, NY17.
Step by step, covering various
areas, the author suggests to the
reader how to select a subject, to
extemporize and memorize, to
train the voice and acquire "a ring

few wiped tears from their eyes.
The actor's comment was,
reached only your eyes and ears,
my friends, but this man reached
your hearts. I know Twenty-
Third Psalm: he knows the
Shepherd.' Both recited the same
words. One put them into elocu-
tion, the other feeling."
Many points are made and the

summaries of the chapters suc-
cinctly offer the author's views,
based on wide experience, for
would-be public speakers. Forley's
is,' indeed, a helpful work for those

who would like to learn how to

face and address audiences.

of assurance and authority and a
variety of intonation."
The reader and student is ad-
vised how to handle a question
period, how to preside, to write
down a speech and set the stage
for the public meeting. Forley
even advises his readers what to

WASHINGTON — Playwright - producer Dore
Schary (foreground) calls the cameras in for
closeups during filming on the Capitol steps of a
recreation of Lincoln's 1865 Inaugural. Schary, na-
tional chairman of the Anti-Defamation League of
Bnai Brith, produced and directed the film, which
was financed by Congress for use in schools and

A Passover Episode

The Bread of Affliction

It was early in the morning. I
was sitting in one of the small
sidewalk cafes. He sat at a nearby

table, then got up and approached


me. Could I please help him fill
out some forms? He looked for-
lorn while trying to explain in a
halting Hebrew that he was new
in the country. Maybe I knew
Yiddish? I told him I did, but his
Yiddish was rather rusty, too. For
a while his light blue eyes seemed
to rest on me with a glimmer of

"You see," he said, "I come
from Russia." This apparently
was to explain his poor knowledge
of Yiddish but he hastened to add
that his were rather special cir-
cumstances: he was brought up in
a non-Jewish environment. I could
see he was not eager to go into
details but, as if guessing my curi-
osity, he explained that he had
received a permit to leave Russia
to join his old mother who had
been living in Israel for many
years. No .. . he had no relatives
left in Russia. All were murdered
by • the Germans. "Nothing un-
usual," he said with a bittersmile,
"is it?"

Could I please help him fill out
some forms?


libraries. Eric Weile (left) and Alvin Statland
(with stovepipe hat) are two of 13 Bnai Brith
members who performed as members of Lincoln's
family and administration. All contributed their
services. Lincoln (upper right) is played by Holly-
wood motion picture star Robert Ryan.

He was holding about a dozen
of them. Long, closely printed
double sheets. I looked at them
and my face must have shown
some puzzlement, for he began
apologizing "You see . . . it's
rather an important matter." He
stopped. For a short moment I
could again see in his eyes the
glimmer of hesitancy. "Maybe I'd
better explain first," he said.

Indeed I was curious. It was
quite obvious that he was of mod-
est means; he had mentioned that
he was a factory worker and here
he was sending out parcels which,
as the printed amount on each
form indicated, ran into several
hundred pounds!
* * *
It was a short story he told me.
And as he was telling it, his eyes
seemed to wander • far away, his
voice at times coming down to a

. "As I told you, I had no
relatives left in Russia. They were
all killed. When the war broke out
I was still a boy. My father, my
sister and two brothers were all
killed. My mother was taken away
by the Nazis, but as I was to learn

later, she survived and after the

war went to live with her sister
.in clisL not knoyv. that

I had managed to escape and was
alive. I was brought up in an or-
phanage, then went to work in a
factory .. . One day—it was on a
Saturday—while in M o s c o w, I
suddenly felt an urge to go to the
synagogue. It was a strange urge
since I had hardly been conscious
of being a Jew and it was there,
in the synagogue, that I suddenly
remembered that I had an aunt in
Israel . . . It took me nearly two
years until I succeeded in con-
tacting her and then I learned
that my mother was there, alive.
". . . You see, until then I had
almost forgotten that I was a Jew.
Suddenly it all came back and the
urge to 'return' never left me

"In the small. town where I

lived, there were a few Jewish
families whom I had hardly
known. The son of one of them-
Yefim was his name—worked with
me in the same factory and one
day I decided to tell him my story.
We became close friends and I be-
gan frequenting their home. His
father was a pious old man, who
somehow reminded me of my
grandfather and I clung to him.
It was a strange feeling to again
find oneself within a family, to
feel the warmth of parental eyes.
When I -revealed to him my de-
cision to go to Israel, the old man
was overtaken with excitement
and I could see his eyes filling
with tears. I told him it would no
doubt take many many months be-
fore I got the permit. 'I hope you
can go soon,' he said, 'but you
cannot go to Israel like a boy.'
Well, he began teaching me He-
brew and for hours he would re-
count to me chapters from the
Bible and Jewish hiStory. I was
eager to learn. It was a new world
and at the same time it felt like
coming back home again.
* * *
"One evening I found the .old
man sitting at the window. I
could see his back all trembling.
He was crying, 'What happened?'
I cried out, grasping his arm.
"'Nothing ... nothing happened
—he looked at me with sad tear-
ful eyes—nothing happened . . .
except that . .. you see . . . there
is no matzo. . . They told us to-
day that there will be none . . .
We had applied, they had prom-
ised, but no . . . no permit . . .
there will be no matzo . . . Do
you know what It means—his
eyes widened into a look of des-
pair—do you know what it means
no matzo for Pesach?" . . .
"I tried to reassure him that
there are still two weeks, left and.


(Copyright, 1965, JTA, Inc.)

that it might still be possible to
obtain some . . .
"Two days later Yefim was
waiting for me at the factory gate.
`They have arrested father,' he
said, all pale and shaking.
"'They have what? —I almost
"He told me what happened:
The old man had gone to a nearby
town where, he had heard, one
could get some matzo. Indeed he
got a small package, just enough
for the seder nights and you can-
not imagine how happy he was!
Then early this morning the police
came and arrested him. The mat-
zoth, they said, were baked and
sold illegally . . . they spoke of a
`ring' . . . you know . . .
"It took several days of running-
around and finally, with luck and
thanks to an old friend of mine, a
high official, he was released
"The old man was never the
same. I shall never forget that
Pesach night when we sat around
the table . . . the sadness in his
eyes as he was chanting the Hag-
gadah . . . It seemed all 'he was
saying was—'no matzo . . . no
matzo . . .!
"Shortly afterwards I left for
". . . And now, with Passover
approaching, I remembered. I was
told one could send matzo to
Russia . . . a bit expensive . . .
but one could. I had saved up
some money, so I took it and came
here this morning . . . I wish I
could afford more . . . Even if
some are lost, some will surely
reach him, won't they? And I can
just imagine the old man's face
all lit up at the sight of the mat-
zo coming from the land where-
as he used to tell me—there is
holiness even in the dust . . ."

Failures of Renomination

Nominations in the party out of
power have only rarely resulted
in the renomination of a previous

candidate. After Van Buren's fail-
ure to secure a third nomination
in 1844, and Clay's final nomina-
tion in that year, no "titular lead-
er" of a defeated party was seri-
ously considered for renomination
until Grover Cleveland's third
nomination and second election in
1892. William Jennings Bryan was
nominated in 1896, 1900 and 1908
but lost the election that followed
in each case. In 1948 Thomas E.
Dewey became the first defeated
Republicans to receive a second
nomination, but he was again de-

Friday, April 16, 1965-19

wear, suggests arrival at a meeting
ahead of- time, urges use of a lec-
In the chapter on 'How to Use
Your Voice," Forley writes:
"A story is told of an English
actor who, as a dinner guest,
was asked to recite something.
He gave the Twenty-Third
Psalm to applause from the com-
pany. Then he turned to a vener-
able clergyman who was present
and asked if he would mind re-
citing the same passage. When
the old man finished, there was
no applause, but an acknowledg-

More children are killed by acci-
dents than by the seven deadliest
child diseases combined. Statistics

from the Greater Detroit Safety
Council show that 10,000 young-
sters die because of accidents each

year. More than a million are cri-
tically injured. The most shocking
fact is that 90 per cent of these
accidents could have been pre-
vented. Protect children from haz-
ards in and around the house. Make

safety a vital part of their edu-



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