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May 14, 1965 - Image 40

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-05-14

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Israel Meissen in Opened 'Mid Fanfare

LBJ Sends Congratulations;

prince of Thailand also attended.

Foreign art consignments, which
have been insured for $20,000,000,
have been loaned from museums
and private collections in the
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Under Israel and abroad were present
United States, Canada, England,
clear, sunny skies, the Israel Mu- as President Zalman Shazar form-
France, Belgium, the Netherlands,
Austria, Germany. Italy and Czech-
seum was dedicated officially here ally opened the vast complex of
aslovakia. Rembrandt's "Portrait
Tuesday atop a Judean hill now building forming the Museum. Art
Among the official participants of a Bearded Man" has been sent
named Naveh Shaanan, the Place valued at $35,000,000 was on dis-
and guests were Prime Minister to the Israel Museum on perman-
of Tranquility.
play.
Levi Eshkol; former Pr em i e r ent loan by Sidney Lamon of New
More than 2.000 guests from
Ambassador Walworth
David Ben-Gurion, who had come York.
here from his kibbutz home at
(A priceless colection of 100
Sde Boker; Deputy Prime Minis-
plaster sculptures by the late
ter Abba Eban; Minister of Edu-
Sir Jacob Epstein, which was
ation Zalman Aranne; Jerusalem
sent to the museum by the
Mayor Mordechai Ish-Shalom;
sculptor's widow, has been seri-
many of the principal donors of
ously damaged in transit from
portions of the Museum complex;
London, it was learned here,
all other members of Israel's cabi-
Ambassador Barbour and the
net; members of the Knesset; the
entire diplomatic corps; and the U.S. Government were hailed dur-
man lauded by all as the moving ing the ceremonies for the fact
spirit of the museum, Teddy Kol- that the first important monetary
lek, chairman of the museum's grant to be given toward establish-
ment of the museum had come in
board of directors.
the form of $835,000 from the U.S.
Among the prominent donors Information Media rant program.
present were Billy Rose, the
The fourth component of the
American showman, who had do-
nated a vast collection of sculpture museum—in addition to the Bronf-
to a garden in the museum bear- man Biblical and Archaeological
ing his name, and the Japanese- unit, the Billy Rose Garden and
American designer of that garden,
Isamu Noguchi; Samuel Bronfman,
of Canada, whose name has been
given to another of the museum's
principal components, the Biblical
and Archaeological Museum; and
the American industrialist, Samuel
Gottesman, whose family had given
4000
$600,000 for the "Shrine of the
Book," a special, impressive edi-
fice housing the Dead Sea Scrolls.

$35 Million in Art Displayed

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Barbour attended, and read a
message from President Lyndon
B. Johnson. hailing the establish-
ment of the Israel Museum. Sim-
ilar messages were received
from Marc Chagall, Picasso,
Jacques Lipshitz and many other
leading artists from around the
world.

May 20 to 27 Proclaims
U.S. Jewish Press Week

the "Book of the Shrine"—is the
Bezalel Museum with its 100 paint-
ings from its permanent collection,
many famous paintings on loan
here, and bronze statuettes by
Andrea Riccio, Degas and Rodin.

Following the official opening,
thousands of per son s, official
guests and others, fanned out to
the various sections of the mu-
seum, marveling at the riches of
art and culture and history on
display.

Among painters were Rembrandt
and Van Dyke, Picasso and Van
Gogh, Renoir and Soutine. There
were 26 painting from the 16th,
17th and 18th centuries; 14 from
the 19th century; 52 from the pres-
ent century. There were examples
of the finest of contemporary
Israeli art.

(A number of local Israeli art-
ists were miffed because there had
not been a larger representation
of local art in the exhibit. They
open e d their own exhibtion,
"Trends in Israel Art," Monday in
Jerusalem's Convention Hall. Some
24 works by Israeli artists are be-
ing displayed at the Israel Mu-
seum.)

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The vice president of Liberia,
the foreign ministers of Uruguay
and the Central African Republic,
the education ministers of Den-
mark, Australia and Argentina,
the deputy education ministers of
Poland and Iran and the royal

Hebrew Corner

`Exodus'

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The week of May 20-27 has been proclaimed American
Jewish Press Week, to coincide with the 22nd anniversary
convention of the American Jewish Press Association, to be
held in Atlanta, Ga.
Morris J. Janoff, publisher of the Jewish Standard,
Jersey City, N.J., announced the appointment of Philip Slom-
ovitz as chairman of Jewish Press Week, and released the
following statement issued by Slomovitz as chairman of the
committee:
"World Jewry's basic hope for a positive perpetuation
of the heritage of our people is dependent upon knowledg-
ability—upon the proper dissemination of news about Jews
everywhere and the presentation of such news to the Jewish
communities in all lands.
"What we need - is proper communication. Without it,
many communities that are without newspapers, and com-
munities which do not utilize the services offered them by
the Jewish Press, will live in a vacuum.
"There is only one effective Jewish press in the world
today, outside of Israel, where the language is primarily
Hebrew, and that is the English-Jewish Press.
The English-Jewish newspaper is the guardian over the
public welfare of our people. It is the historian of Jewry.
It is the chronicle of our time and it may well be considered
the Third Volume of the Biblical Book of Chronicles—the
DIVREY HA-YAMIM. Our newspapers are the sentinels that
watch over our freedoms, the defenders of our basic American
ideals and of our sacred Jewish traditions.
"Without this watch-dog over Jewry's _destinies, the great
movements which operate in behalf of the downtrodden, the
support of Israel, would not be able effectively to reach out
to the communities which supply the funds for creative ef-
forts and for redemption."
The newspapers sponsoring Jewish Press Week besides
The Detroit Jewish News and the Jersey City Jewish Stan-
dard are:
American Jewish World, Minneapolis-St. Paul; Bnai Brith
Messenger, Los Angeles; Buffalo Jewish Review, Buffalo;
Connecticut Jewish Ledger, West Hartford; Hebrew Watch-
man, Memphis, Tenn.; Intermountain Jewish News, Denver;
Jewish Advocate, Boston; Jewish Chronicle, Pittsburgh; Jew-
ish Civic Leader, Worcester, Mass.; Jewish Exponent, Phil-
adelphia; Jewish Press, Omaha; Jewish Record, Atlantic City;
Kansas City, Mo., Jewish Chronicle; Observer, Nashville.
Tenn.; Sentinel, Chicago; Southern Israelite, Atlanta; Texas
Jewish Post, Fort Worth.
The Atlanta Southern Israelite, host to the convention,
is marking its 40th anniversary next week. Adolph Rosen-
berg is editor-publisher of the Atlanta English-Jewish weekly.

In the 19th Century the SS President
Warfield, of 4,000 tons, was a respected
passenger boat which plied the Missis-
sippi River in the United States. But
at the beginning of 1947, history select-
ed the ship for quite a different func-
tion.
The representatives of the Haganah
baught the ship and transported it to
the Mediterranean Sea. That was the
first and last time that the boat crossed
the Atlantic Ocean. When it reached
Italy, it was boarded by 4,530 immi-
grants. Shortly afterwards, the old
name of the ship was removed and the
new name inscribed, "Exodus from
Europe, 5707," or, in translation, Exo-
dus.
From the very beginning, two British
destroyers followed the immigrant boat.
The English were waiting for the mo-
ment when the boat entered the terri-
tonal waters of Eretz Yisrael in order
to seize it. The Captain of the Exodus
prepared the passengers for the battle
with the British. A barbed wire fence
was put around the deck. The immi-
grants erected barricades along the
whole length of the ship, and behind
the barricades they prepared boxes of
"weapons" — sticks, screws, pieces of
pipe and nails.
About thirty kilometers from Haifa,
one of the destroyers approached the
boat and. by means of a loud speaker,
called upon the ship to stop its engines
and allow the destroyers to tow it to
port.
The Captain's reply was, "There are
more than 4.500 immigrants on board
the Exodus. We are returning to our
country as of right, and we do not
require the permission of any person
or any Government."
Suddenly the destroyers surrounding
the ship opened fire on it. Three immi-
grants were killed on the spot and sev-
eral wounded. British soldiers jumped
onto the deck. The people on the ship
attacked the English soldiers with
sticks and bottles. Two destroyers en-
veloped the ship with fumes from tear
gas bombs. Many wounded passengers.
and those who were unconscious from
the gas, lay on the deck. The wooden
sides of the old ship were bashed in
by the ramming it had received, and
water began to flood the boat. The
British took command of the damaged
ship and towed it to Haifa.
When the immigrants were deported
to France, the French Foreign Office
announced that they would not allow
them to be disembarked on French soil
against their will. The ship remained
anchored in the port for three weeks.
but not a single immigrant disem-
barked. The number of sick grew daily,
due to the poor food and the terrible
lack of ventilation in the hold of the
ship.
The British government gave instruc-
tions to tow the ship to Germany.
There the refugees were disembarked
by force and placed in camps. Again
the immigrants found themselves be-
hind barbed wire on the German soil
which they had hoped never to see
again.
(Published by the Brit Ivrit Olamit)

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