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October 08, 1965 - Image 9

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-10-08

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Two Toronto Youths Admit Vandalism in a Jewish Cemetery

Boris Smolar's

TORONTO (JTA) — Two 18- pended sentence.
month suspended sentence. The
year-old youths, arrested in a
Maurice Thibeault, 25, was sen- magistrate dismissed charges
desecration of the Mount Sinai tence to nine months plus a three- against three other youths.
Cemetery in which 103 tombstones
were toppled, were held for sen-
tence after admitting the vandal-
ism. The names of the youths were
withheld.
Hundreds of Jews visiting the
THE DANISH STORY: The story of how the Danes saved almost cemetery on the annual pre-High

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all the 6.500 Jews of Denmark from deportation to death camps during
the Nazi occupation of the country is well known . . . It has become a
part of Jewish history and a shining example of how people, truly
democratic, risked their own lives to save the lives of their Jewish
neighbors . . . Some of the Danes who smuggled the Jews out en masse
from Denmark into neighboring neutral Sweden on fishing boats —
during the week between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in 1943
— were sent by the Nazis to concentration camps and died there . . .
When you visit Denmark now, you see the memorial stone erected at
the point from where the Danish fishing boats left with their human
cargo in the darkness of the night for the Swedish waters, only two
miles away from a Danish village . . . The memorial is dedicated to
the leader of the village who perished in a Nazi camp where- he was
interned for directing the rescue of the Jews .. . The official German
orders against the Jews were usually linked with a promise to release
Danish soldiers in captivity . . . However, this did not lure the Danes
. The mass-rescue of the Jews was so well organized by the under-
ground movement, and supported by the nation at large, that only
about 300 Jews were captured en-route and sent to an internment
camp, while more than 6,000 got over to Sweden in safety . . . When

Holy Day visit found the mass
desecration which apparently took
place the night before Rosh
Hashanah. Police noted that there
were no anti-Semitic scrawlings
or slogans in the vandalism.
The youths, who were residents
of the neighborhood, were arrested
within a few hours on a charge
of wilful damage. Police said that
on the same night they broke into
a gasoline station and stole a car.
They were arrested when the car
collided with another. They pleaded
guilty to the desecration charge
and were remanded a week for.
sentencing.
Earlier, three youths were
sentenced here to prison terms
ranging from one to three years
they returned later to liberated Denmark, they were not only welcomed for an unprovoked assault against
back home by the Danes but they also found their belongings all intact, a synagogue youth group during a
kept in storage by their non-Jewish neighbors during the war years.
ball game and picnic on Toro-
nto's Center Island.
In passing sentence, Magistrate
AMERICAN ECHOES: The dramatic details of the unique rescue

operation carried out by the people in Denmark under the very nose
of the Nazis have not yet been written fully . . . This is because the
Danes are very shy in talking about them . . . They have always con-
sidered the Jews as part of the nation and when you talk to them in
Copenhagen, they tell you they see nothing exceptional in aiding their
own people .. . They are inclined to give more credit to Sweden for
admitting the Jews and supplying them with suitable employment than
to talk about their own role in the operation . . . The full story of how
the entire Jewish community of Denmark was saved by the Danish
people — and of the generous hospitality given to the Jewish refugees
by Sweden — will probably come to light only now, in the campaign
for $1,000,000 proclaimed in the United States by the "Thanks to
Scandinavia" organization . . . This group — of which Richard Netter,
prominent New York attorney, is president and Victor Sorge, the
comedian, is national chairman — intends to raise among Jews, and
also among non-Jews, in this country $1,000,000 as a perpetual endow-
ment fund for the purpose of financing scholarships for students from
Scandinavia in appreciation for saving the Jews . . . In Scandinavia, the
scholarship program has been extensively publicized, and although the
people in Denmark believe that no one should be thanked for doing
what is only right, some of the Jewish leaders in the United States
feel that Jews owe the government and the people of Scandinavia a
heavy debt of gratitude which has not yet been sufficiently recognized
. .. So does obviously the U.S. Government which has made the con-
tributions to the "Thanks to Scandinavia" tax-deductible . . . Without
any fanfare, the group in New York has already received $150,000 in
contributions, in addition to substantial pledges . . . Phi Sigma Delta
Fraternity, which has 20,000 members in 50 colleges and universities,

Donald Graham called the incident
a case of "gang violence" against
innocent persons minding their own
business. Judge Graham said the
victims were "deliberately set upon
and beaten unmercifully by armed
hoodlums." The victims were mem-
bers of the Beth Sholom Youth
Organization of Toronto.
Paul D. Little, 17, identified by
two witnesses as the person who
broke a baseball bat over the head
of one of the Jewish teen-agers,
received a term of 18 months phis
a six-month suspended sentence.
James W. Brunswick, 18, who
admitted swinging a plastic hose
in the attack, received a term of
15 months plus a six-months sus-

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NATION OF HUMANITARIANS: In Copenhagen they tell you of
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saving the Jews when its leaders learned of the secret decision of the
Nazi occupation authorities to have all Jews rounded up for deporta-
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ambulances, first to hospitals where they were provided with "Aryan"
documents and then to fishing villages . . . Crews of fishermen became
active during night hours in taking the Jews on their boats out to the
sea and in bringing them to safety to Swedish harbors . . . This con-
tinued for about 10 nights until no Jew was left in Copenhagen . . .
The Nazis, unaware of the conspiratorial mass-rescue operation, had in
the meantime quietly prepared the trains which were to carry the Jews
to the annihilation camps . . . They were surprised and indignant when
they discovered that they were outsmarted and that there were practi-
cally no Jews left in the country ... Only then did they realize to what
extent the people of Denmark were determined to defend the Jews.

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David Schweitzer, Leader in Overseas Aid Work Dies

GENEVA (JTA) — David J.
Schweitzer, one of the leading
workers in Jewish overseas aid
services for the past 45 years, died
Sept. 29 in Locarno, after a pro-
longed illness. He was 76'.
Mr. Schweitzer had been director
of overseas fund-raising for the
World Ort Union in Geneva during
the last decade.
For a period of 20 years begin-
ning in 1920, Mr. Schweitzer repre-
sented the Joint Distribution Com-
mittee in Europe. In the 1940's he
directed the JDC project of re-
settlement of Jewish refugees in
the Dominican Republic.
Mr. Schweitzer came to the
United States from Russia at the

age of 15. He received a bachelor's
degree at City College and a mas-
ter's at Columbia University. He
was for many years connected with
the New York Federation of
Philanthropic Societies and other
social agencies.
In 1937, he was decorated with
the Chevalier in the French Legion
of Honor for his services to ref-
ugees.

The wicked flee when no man
pursueth; but the righteous are
bold as a lion.
—Proverbs XVIII:1.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, October 8, 1965-9

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