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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-08-13

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`Squeegee' Review: Pryce-Jones' Work `Next Generation' Is Marked by Realism About Israelis
David Pryce - Jones makes a in Israel, or the threat from
Arabs and it certainly carries
to Nasser's broadcasts, one of the
Ziprin on 'A Day vastly
different approach to Israel Arabs, the atonement of a young
with it a warning that there is
cousins once said with a wide
Israelis than th• usual trav- German or the integration of a
the threat of a fifth column
smile; generally they were too
in Negro Ghetto' and
eler in his "Next Generation," young girl who settled in a kibbutz
wherever there are Arabs. There
polite or too circumspect to offer

Editor, Seven Arts Feature
What happens to people when

they are caught in the quagmire
of a ghetto from . which there
seems no hope for escape? Quite
obviously not all react alike. Some
in the pit of hopelessness shout
defiance at heaven. Others find
solace in drink, in sex and in vio-
lence of living. Some struggle to
escape and suffer in the process
bruises of heart and mind while
others just keep on pounding at
the walls of the pit until they are
released by madness. Some halt in
contemplation of their fate and
what brought it on while others
see in submission the only path to

published by Holt, Rinehart and
Winston (383 Madison, N.Y. 17).
In these "Travels in Israel," as
the collection of impressions is
subtitled, his concern is with
people, with men, women and chil-
dren, and with incidents relating
to the country's development.
Whether it is the religious issue

Labor Problems Discussed
by Israel Trade Unionists

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

after coming here from Hungary
is the Nasser influence, there
by way of Australia, there are
are the irritations that cause
vivid accounts of life in Israel in
this collection of 10 descriptive
Amidst "Some Arabs," Pryce-
stories. They are travelogues, but Jones reports: "None of the young-
in a sense they could be labeled er generation wore the traditional
short stories.
Arab clothes. Occasionally they
At least two of the stories are
would give up the attempt of twist-
ing their tongues on the English
considered by the author himself
as news reports. One, "The Last
language and instead switch on the
Word," is about the Eichmann
huge radio in the corner and we
would listen to dolorous Arab
trial. The other is the famous
Yossele Schumacher story—the
music. The radio is for listening
account of the kidnapped boy
whose case involved the extreme
Israeli Cartoonist Wins
orthodox who desired to assure
1C ompe
titi on
his receiving an ultra-orthodox I n t erns t
"Erna and Joseph" is a story Shilo, an Israeli cartoonist, was
that is in large measure about the declared here winner of the grand
two newcomers' daughter Rosa prize in the International Salon of
who likes kibbutz life and her Cartoonists. His winning drawing,
access to love with a Tunisian boy. given the top $5,000 prize, shows
There was a family rift, but even- efforts being made to smuggle a
tually they all left the kibbutz. man out of the Rome airport in-
The story throws some light on side bass-violin cases.
The cartoon is a take-off on the
kibbutz life.
Then there is the story about unsuccessful Egyptian attempts to
the young German lad, Dieter, who smuggle out of Rome last year a
came to Israel to atone. There isn't man charged with being a spy for
really much atoning, but he did Israel. The exhibit which gave
come to Israel to labor there. It Shilo the grand prize has entries
from 131 artists in 26 countries.
is a "German Aftermath."
Other stories deal with persons

TIBERIAS — The 10th national
convention of the National Workers
Trade Union, the labor affiliate of
the rightwing Herut Party, opened
here Tuesday night with 177 dele-
gates representing 81,000 members
Halt any Negro in Harlem or
Secretary General Eliezer Shos-
in any of the black ghettoes of our tak presented a report on labor
land and the story is the •ame- and wage problems, mandatory ar-
of sordidness, poverty, despair, biration on disputes in essential
hopelessness, loneliness and of national services and national
darkened paths. Until recent years, health insurance problems.
the Negro story has been told
Labor Minister Yigal Allon and
mainly by social reformers, by sta- Herut party leader Menahem Bei-
tisticians, by historians and journal- gin also spoke. The convention
ists in terms of statistics and de- ended Thursday.
scriptive adjectives which, how-
ever correct and reliable, seem to
Veteran harness driver Sucher
detract rather than add to the pic- Werner was honored at Yonkers
ture. Currently the poets and the Raceway by the Society for the —all real, each mirroring life, in
novelists have gotten around to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. each a reflection of some problem
theme, and what may hopefully Werner, whose stable is a home involving Israel's rebirth.
In "Some Arabs" the reviewer
emerge is a canvas that is bound to many pets and who has long
to arouse the attention and the been known for his kindness to
finds the most valuable material
conscience - of white America.
animals, was presented with a to judge Israel's position realis-
tically. It is a report on Israeli
One such recent book is "Squee- plaque.

gee," a novel (Horizon Press) by
Jack Siegel. Wisely, the author
does not attempt to deal with the
theme in terms of a problem but
in the idiom of human experiences
transpiring in a single day. On the
surface the events limned by the
author are minor, for they are the
experiences that are bound to
come to all who live in the dark-
ness of the ghetto, but when the
day is over they form a mosaic
of powerful impact, Benny Robin-
son and his wife Althea have long
lived in poverty and in humilia-
tion and on this day their quest
for work brings them in contact,
each in a separate way, with a
distraught Jewish couple whose
daughter has married a Negro. In
the course of the day's events
Benny and his wife learn that de-
spair and hopelessness are not
unique to them alone, but that
agony, lust, fear and confusion are
the lot of all people as they strug-
gle to establish identity in a mix-
ed-up world.
All men have redemptive mo-
ments. Benny Robinson has his at
the end of a traumatic day when
it dawns on him that lust for flesh
offers no release from the troubles
that rip a man's intestines apart
and that a man's path is in the end
determined by his capacity to be
a man and, for him, to be a black
man in a white world.
This is not a novel for the im-
mature, the squeamish or the fear-
ful of four letter words. If sensu-
ousness dominates its theme, it is
only because lust rules wherever
hope is gone.


12 Friday, August 13, 1965

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