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January 14, 1966 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-01-14

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Author Fast Exposes Torquemada in New Novel

Greenfield Young Israel Sets Addition

YOUNG ISRAEL OF GREENFIELD

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Sanford Eisenberg, president of
Young Israel of Greenfield, will
lead in ground - breaking cere-
monies for a new addition to the
synagogue 11 a.m. Jan. 23. The
community is invited.
Leo I. Stern, architect, has de-
signed the building which will en-

large the present sanctuary and
provide for three new youth
activities rooms office and check-
room.
The facilities are being ex-
panded to accommodate families
settling in the Greenfield-10 Mile
Rd. area..

Major Groups of Nazi Victims Slam
German Govt. for Payment Deferral

"Torquemada," a tale of the
Spanish Inquisition by Howard
Fast, being published by
Doubleday, offers the account of
a dark incident in the infamous
career of Thomas de Torquemada,
history's grandest inquisitor.
The novel's colorful 15th Cen-
tury setting is the story of man's
unceasing attempts to usurp the
divine right of absolute judgement.
It is a high point in Fast's develop-
ment of the theme of man's basic
inhumanity which has, over the
past three decades, marked such
notable novels as "Spartacus,"
"Citizen Tom Paine" and "Power."
Fasts' title figure is a lonely
man, Prior of Segovia and stern
overseer of the local inquisition.
Torquemada depends on the
wealthy noble merchant, Alvero
de Rafel, and his family for friend-
ship and all his other human
needs. Both men are summoned
to the court at Seville: Alvero to
counsel Isabella on a daring ven-
ture proposed by a Genoese sail-
or named Columbus, and Thomas
to be named Grand Inquisitor of
Spain by Ferdinand.
Charged with the sacred duty
to purge the land of heretics,

NEW YORK (JTA) — The law only lead to a loss of confidence
recently enacted by the German in the promises of the German
Federal Government deferring in- government.
demnification • payments to special
The deferment was in sharp con-
groups of Nazi victims was vigor- tradiction to statements issued by
ously protested at a meeting con- leading members of the German
ducted under the auspices of the government at the time the funds
Coordinating Committee of Nazi were originally granted, that the
Victim Organizations.
indemnification payments repre-
The major organizations of Nazi sented a debt of honor which took
victims in the United States are priority over other payments.
represented on the Coordinating
The resolution expressed deep
C o m m i t t e e. Representatives of regret that the deferment will rep-
Nazi victims who came to this resent a - setback in the efforts to
country from Bulgaria, Czecho- promote greater understanding be-
slovakia, Germany, Hungary, Po- tween the new German democracy
land and Yugoslavia attended the and the Nazi persecutees. In many
meeting.
instances, the injuries for which
The meeting was addressed by compensation was granted were
Dr. Ernest Katzenstein, the rep- inflicted as long as three decades
resentative in Germany of the ago, and many elderly, widowed
Conference on Jewish Material and chronically ill victims may
Claims Against German y. Dr. not live to receive the compensa-
Katzenstein pointed out that the tion which is rightfully theirs, un-
new law empowered the German less the German government will
government to defer payments of reverse its recent stand.
$100,000,000 per year, in 1966 and
in 1967, which were scheduled
for distribution to Nazi victims in Lavon Affair's `3rd Man'
the scores of thousands.
Ends Jail Hunger Strike
These payments were origin-
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)
ally authorized by the German
TEL AVIV — An Israeli jail in-
government a brief three months
mate who has become known as
earlier. The German action, Dr.
Katzenstein said, will fall with the "third man" for his role in
the Lavon affair ended a six-day
the harshest severity upon thou-
sands of indigent victims, hunger strike last weekend at the
among them many who are el-
urging of his attorney.
The prisoner, whose name and
derly, widowed or chronically
offenses are both being withheld
ill.
Dr. Curt Silberman, who pre- for reasons of security, was given
sided, told the meeting that the a 10-year term for charges he
German government's claim that made and then withdrew in con-
financial pressures had impelled nection with a disastrous 1954 se-
it to defer the indemnification pay- curity mishap when Pinhas Lavon
ments had a hollow ring. The was defense minister. The "third
funds at stake, he pointed out, rep- man" was involved in the dispute
resented a mere fraction of 1 per between Lavon and an Israeli
colonel over which of them initi-
cent of the German budget.
T h e Coordinating Committee ated the security operation outside
adopted a resolution calling upon of Israel which ended in a disaster.
the German government to reverse Lavon was forced out of the de-
its stand and to reinstate the in- fense ministry by then-premier
demnification payments. The reso- David Ben-Gurion touching off a
lution stated that Nazi victims all struggle within Ben-Gurion's Ma-
over the world and of every faith pai Party which is still unresolved.
The "third man" began his hun-
and nationality viewed the defer-
ment with dismay and felt it could ger strike to protest the refusal
of the prison parole board to can-
cel the last third of his sentence
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
for good behavior.
16—Friday, January 14, 1966

particularly wealthy heretics whose
goods will fall to the king, Thomas
returns to Segovia a righteous
man. Alvero, however, comes back
under a cloud of suspicion.

What follows is a shattering
account of Torquemada's decision
to put his friend to the stake, and
of Alvero's strength and nobility
in the face of the Inquisition.

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28th Annual Mid-Winter Concert

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