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June 04, 1965 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-06-04

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Jewish Claims Conference Reports
Allocating $130 Million in 11 Years

GENEVA (JTA)—A total of
$130,000,000 has been allocated by
the Conference on Jewish Material
Claims Against Germany to needy
victims of the Nazis in every part
of the world during the 11 years
of its existence, Jacob Blaustein,
senior vice president of the Claims
Conference, reported at the an-
nual meeting of the board of di-
rectors, Sunday.
The last installment of $10,620,-
000 called for by the agreement
with West Germany was paid by
the Bonn government in 1964,
Blaustein reported.
He said that the Claims Confer-
ence will continue its functions
until the residual funds have been
allocated and until there is ful-
fillment of all individual claims
provided for under the agreement'
reached with West Germany in
1952 and the en-
abling laws
. p a ssed
quently.
Dr. Nahum
Goldmann, presi-
dent of the
Claims Confer-
ence, reported
that, in addition
to the sums paid
to the Israel goy-
ernment and the
Claims Con-
ference, the Bonn
government a n d
the individ-
ual states of
West Germany
Goldmann
paid out adjudicated claims
amounting to $4,130,844,000 in
restitution and indemnification to
individuals through the end of
1964.
The residual fund of the Con-
ference, as of Jan. 1, stood at
$15,648,000, it was announced
by Moses A. Leavitt, Conference
treasurer. He said that $10,
432,000 of this sum has been
turned over to the newly estab-
lished Memorial Foundation for
Jewish Culture, leaving $5,216,.
000 for special needs not yet
met by the Claims Conference.
Dr. Goldmann was elected pres-
ident of the Memorial Foundation
for Jewish Culture at the meeting.
The Memorial Foundation was
established with residual funds
from the Claims Conference to
serve as a "living memorial" to
the 6,000,000 Jews slain by the
Nazis. It was - announced that the
Foundation will operate on an
estimated budget of $1,000,000 a
year.
The Foundation made its first
allocations, totaling $900,000, after
announcing it would operate in
three principal areas. These were
educational, with emphasis on
training teachers, rabbis and Jew-
ish scholars; research in the hist-
ory of European Jewish communi-
ties; and commemoration and
documentation of the Nazi holoc-
aust period.
Noting the capital projects in-
spired by the availability of Claims
Conference funds, Blaustein said
that "scarcely a community of any
size exists in countries of west-
ern, central and southern Europe
formerly under Nazi occupation
which cannot show one or more
capital projects aided by Confer-
ence funds."
"Satisfaction" with the action
of the Bundestag, lower house of
the West German parliament, in
the adoption of new restitution
legislation in aid of the victims
of Nazism who could not file
applications prior to 1953, was
voiced by Dr. Goldmann.
The Bundestag approved a "final
act" of restitution, setting up a
special $300,000,000 "hardship"
fund to aid these victims of Nazism
who could not escape from Iron
Curtain countries in time to file
applications prior to the legal cut-
off date of Oct. 1, 1953.
(In Bonn, Finance Minister Rolf
Dalgruen said the new $300,000,000

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, June 4, 1965-13

The New Look in Catholic Textbooks

The American Jewish Congress
announced plans for its fourth an-
nual "Dialogue in Israel" this sum-
mer focusing on the problems of
Israeli and American Jewish
youth.
Representatives of the college
generation of both communities
will be the chief participants, it
was disclosed at a press confer-
ence in Stephen Wise Congress
House, national headquarters of
the American Jewish Congress, by
Paul Vishny of Chicago, chairman
of the AJCongress Commission on
Jewish Affairs.
Vishny, who will head the Con-
gress delegation to the dialogue
with Shad Polier, governing coun-
cil chairman, said the annual

"hardship" fund constitutes "the
closing chapter of compensation to
the Jewish people, but not compen-
sation of the heart." Prof. Franz
Boehm, prominent leader of the
Christian Democratic Party who
was West Germany's chief negotia-
tor of the restitution plan for Jew-
ish victims of Nazism worked out
in 1953, described the Bundestag
voting of the fund as "a worthy end
to the compensation program
launched in 1953.")

Senator Dirksen Calls
for Support of Israel

WASHINGTON — Sen. Everett
M. Dirksen of Illinois, minority
leader of the United States Senate;
praised the State of Israel as a
growing center of freedom, and
called for support of its economic
development through the Israel
Bond drive.
The Senate Minority Leader, who
has visited Israel twice, described
the progress which the country is
achieving through the hard work
and self-sacrifice of its people.
Senator Dirksen spoke at a din-
ner, installing the board of gover-
nors of this city's Israel Bond drive
for the current year.
The Illinois legislator deplored
the hostility of the Arab states to-
ward Israel and expressed the hope
that tensions in the Middle East
would decrease.

Congress 'Dialogue
in Israel on Youth

event would be held at the Shera-
ton Tel Aviv July 5 and 6 and at

Givat Brenner on July 7 and 8.
The Israeli panelists will include
Minister of Labor Yigal Allan, and
Deputy Minister of Education and
Culture Aaharon Yadlin.

3,113 Jews Go to Canada

Reflecting the new image of Jesus in new Roman Catholic text-
books, this illustration shows Jesus as a child, talking to a congrega-
tion in a Palestine synagogue. The new books, aimed at 6-year-olds,
stress Jesus' Jewishness and reject the principle of collective Jewish
guilt for the cruicifixion. The Hebrew inscription reads: "All who
heard him marveled." Two Catholic nuns from Monroe wrote the
book.

TORONTO (JTA) —. Jewish
immigration into Canada totaled
3,113 in 1964, as compared with
2,180 the preceding year, J. Bar-
ney Goldhar, pregident of the Jew-
ish Immigrant Aid Services, re-

ported. He said this year's influx
of Jews is expected to be about
the same as that of 1964. He pre-
dicted also that Jewish immigra-
tion into the dominion from Mor-
occo is likely to increase in 1965.

Tex Castro

The lives of some individuals are like
footnotes to history. Not themselves
prime movers, they nevertheless exert a
certain influence on the course of events.
Such an individual was Henry Castro of
Texas.
A native of France, Castro emigrated
to the United States and became a citi-
zen, at first residing in Rhode Island.
But two years after Texas seceded from
Mexico and set up an independent repub-
lic, Castro was asked by President Sam
Houston to undertake a financial mission
for the fledgling republic in France.
Then, in 1842, Castro received a contract
to establish a settlement west of the
Medina River. He also served as Consul-
General for Texas in France.
Castro formally dedicated his colony
in 1844. The settlers unanimously voted

to call their town Castroville. Over a
three-year period Castro ferried some
5,000 emigrants to Texas, providing
them with food, farm implements, medi-
cine, seed and livestock, at a cost to him-
self of more than $150,000. Since the
settlers came, in the main, from Alsace,
even today Castroville resembles an
Alsatian village.
Though there is little factual
knowledge about Castro's origins, he is
reputed to be a descendant of a noted
Marrano family.
Henry Castro, founder of Quihi, Van-
denberg and D'hanis as well as Castro-
ville, died in Mexico at the age of 76.
He is buried at the foot of the Sierra
Madre. The State of Texas honored its
adopted pioneer son in 1876 by calling
one of its new counties by his name.

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