Judaica Philately: Erie Lind's Stamping Ground
By CHARLOTTE HYAMS
degree of "Sandwich Professor" finds in a dealer's junk box sold
for a dime but worth $25 or more.
Ever get licked by a stamp? among the kitchen faculty.
Lind has, for example, one hand-
Gertrude Lind must feel that way
Lind figures there must be "sev-
sometimes when her husband gets eral ten thousand" collectors whose stamped envelope from the con-
lost in the maze of Israel philately primary interest is in Israel and centration camp, Rivasalte, France.
and Jewish history he has pur- Judaica stamps. He said the popu- The . camp was small, and few
sued with a passion for some 10 larity of such stamps in this coun- letters came out of there. "Such
try "is probably due to the fact a cover is meaningless to some-
"She tolerates it," Eric Lind that the United States is a very one who never heard of the place.
said with a smile and a shrug, Bible-minded country. Then again, And one dealer can't possibly
"but there are times . . ." Ah, but Israel has never abused its stamp know everything."
Concentration camp sites a r e
explain it to a woman. Next to pho- issues like some countries do."
Lind didn't mention that some perhaps a gruesome specialty of
tography, philately is probably the
American male's favorite hobby. of Israel's top artists have com- some philatelists, but Israel and
And in --Israel,
peted for the honor of having their Judaica philately can assume
designs on stamps; for their many forms. Some collectors dwell
there is no rival.
aesthetic value alone, such issues on errors in Israeli issues; others
At 46, Lind is
look for stamps and covers com-
are highly prized.
virtually a new-
memorating outstanding Jewish
comer to stamp
In Israel they're more than a personalities, landmarks, symbols,
hobby, they're news.
or Jewish towns, even tragic mo-
For several years now, the state ments in Jewish history (Lind has
at an early age,
has not commemorated personali- stamped covers addressed to Hitler
but for him life
ties on its stamps, and the situa- and Goebbels, as well as Weiz-
was such that
tion has become—excuse the ex- mann and Herzl).
there was no
When Russia boosted the set-
time for the lux-
In the early years of state-
tlement of Birobidjan as a Jew-
ury of a hobby.
hood, such figures as Theodor
ish republic, a stamp with a
Herzl and Chaim Weizmann
The first third of that life was
Yiddish inscription was issued.
were depicted in stamps, but
spent in Germany—where his fam-
The inscription for the Republic
ily perished; the next third—as more recently ultraorthodox
of Birobidjan—incidentally the
an escapee from the Nazi regime forces have put their foot down.
only Yiddish legend ever to
—in Israel; and the past third in "They think it is profane to
grace a stamp, according to
so honor a person," Lind said.
the United States.
Lind — said "Workers of the
"The statue of Michelangelo's
Some men find their outlet in
World Unite." This was 1930.
gourmet cookery. But Lind, an Moses has been turned down
By the 1940s, the Jewish settle-
insurance company safety engi- for that reason, and recently a ment was forgotten, and the Yid-
stamp honoring Eleanor Roose- dish inscription was gone from
neering inspector, has had his fill
velt was rejected 'because she
in that area.
the Birobidjan stamp.
wasn't Jewish.' Many people in
Every nation likes to advertise
Twenty-four years ago, young
its glories on postage stamps.
Lind parted company with Kib-
policy, but the religious forces Great Britain, for example, com-
butz Tel Yosef, where he had
are standing firm."
memorated King Edward's 25th
lived as an immigrant, and be-
With a collection of "more than year of reign with a silver jubilee
came assistant cook at the Kallia
stamp, 1910-1935. But Nazi Ger-
Hotel on the Dead Sea.
first stamps issued by the new
In its posh heyday second only state of Israel in 1948. The set, many, like a little boy drawing
to Jerusalem's King David Hotel, worth several hundred dollars, de- moustaches on a poster, so defaced
the strategically located Kallia picts biblical coins and is num- the stamp of its enemy that its
revision looks quite ridiculous—
was "the Yalta of the Middle East" bered 7, 8 and 9.
in the 1930s and '40s, Lind re-
Although that set was purchased
With Nazi artists at work, Ed-
called. It was destroyed in the through a dealer, Lind is proud,
ward's silver jubilee stamp wound
War of Independence in 1948.
too, of the happy accidents, the up with a picture of Joseph Stalin
An article by Lind in the Israel
in his place. The dates were
Philatelist, the journal of the
changed to 1939-1944; the hammer
Society of Israel Philatelists, de-
and sickle and Star of David re-
scribes the Kallia's notable clien- to Address Attorneys
placed British insignia; and, most
tele. Ranking British Army per-
Pacesetters of the attorneys' interesting of all, the legend SIL-
sonnel would stop off on their way
VER JUBILEE/THREE HALF-
to and from India, and Lind re- section of the Allied Jewish Cam- PENCE became THIS WAR IS A
members visits by Moshe Sharett
and David Ben-Gurion, Arturo United States Commissioner of In-
But sometimes the tables were
ternal Revenue Service, Shelden S.
turned. Lind has a 1945 postcard
And one of the biggest of them Cohen, when they meet 8 p.m. with a "Hitler skull" forged
all—the king of Trans Jordan, Wednesday at the Standard City
stamp—probably British work. The
"Deutsches Reich" is carefully
The liberal desert king, who one
obliterated to read "Futsches
day would pay with his life for man and Norman
Reich." Destroyed Reich.
his friendship toward the Jews, D. Katz, co-chair-
It's the story of a people told
was welcomed that bright January men of the sec-
on a postage stamp.
day with a menu the size of his tion and joint
good will. Lind wasn't collecting chairmen of
stamps at the time, but his interest pacesetters ) a n -
Great Lakes Seminar
in historical items was already nounced that
for Deaf Young Adults
known to his kitchen mates.
A waiter smuggled out the royal troit's leading at-
A seminar for Jewish deaf and
menu to him, and to this day it torneys a n d ac-
hard-of-hearing young adults age
is one of Lind's treasured posses- countants will be
17-30 will take place Feb. 26-27
present at the meeting.
Cohen, who was appointed to
Translated from the Arabic,
Main purpose of this seminar is
it includes consomme double his post by President Johnson in to create an opportunity for such
1964, is responsible for planning, young adults living in the Great
(a strong beef broth); carpe
grille au citron (broiled lemon- directing and controlling the Lakes Region to meet and become
flavored carp); poulet greque policies of Internal Revenue. He acquainted with each other.
(roasted chickens stuffed with also supervises the activities of
The program will consist of var-
wild rice, almonds, herbs and Internal Revenue's seven regions ious social events as well as lec-
spices); followed by a main
tures dealing with the specific
Prior to his appointment, Cohen problems of the Jewish deaf and
course of tournedos roumanille
(fillet steaks with eggplant
hard of hearing.
drenched in cheese fondue); Revenue. This followed a period
The seminar is being organized
apricots a la parisienne (from of association with the Washing- with the assistance of the Cleve-
a Jewish collective settlement), ton law firm of Arnold, Fortas and land Hebrew Association of the
centered with pineapple sherbet Porter. Earlier, Cohen had been Deaf which is affiliated with the
legislative attorney in the Office National Congress of Jewish Deaf.
and smothered in raspberry
of Chief Counsel to Internal For further information, call Mrs.
juice; fruits and cheese; and
Arab mocca served, according Revenue.
Stanley Goodman, 2520 Deborah
Cohen lectured at George Wash- Dr., Cleveland, Ohio 44121.
to Lind "by the Sudanese wait-
ers clad in snow white talla-
1958 and also at Howard Univer-
biehs,' gold embroidered vests,
and on their heads the fire red sity Law School and tax institutes Book Review Series On
Birmingham Temple will open
`tar boos 11,' the cylinder-type throughout the country.
He is assistant treasurer and a its annual book review series 1:30
headgear worn in Africa."
Although he now has lost his director of the Jewish Community p.m. Tuesday at Huntley Square
appetite for such cuisine frippery, Center of greater Washington, and Community Center. Rabbi Sher-
at that time Lind rewarded the second vice president and a di- win Wine will review John Os-
headwaiter with a special sand- rector of the Jewish Social Serv- borne's play, "Luther."
wich, earning him the honorary ices Agency.
At services 8:30 p.m. today, Rab-
Milton Lucow is chairman of the bi Wine will discuss "The Vatican
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
professional division of the cam- Council — Retreat or Revolution?"
24—Friday, January 21, 1966
at Robert Frost Junior High.
Californian to Take
Bike! to Address
Hiss Barnett as Bride Women's Israel
Bond Fete Feb. 16
MISS ELIZABETH BARNETT
. Mr. and Mrs. Sam Barnett of
Harding Ave., Oak Park, announce
the engagement of their daughter
Elizabeth Ann to Michael Herman
Weisman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jo-
seph Weisman of Beverly Hills and
Newport Beach, Calif.
Miss Barnett, a graduate of the
University of Michigan, received
her masters degree from the Uni-
versity of California at Berkeley.
Her fiance, a graduate of U. of C.,
is attending the University of Chi-
cago's medical school.
They are planning a June wed-
Ode to Adult Education
Monday's the Center,
Tuesday's the shul,
Wednesday's a lecture
At Hebrew school.
Airs crises galore;
For Friday's oneg,
We take up some more.
Saturday's a rest
Designed by the Lord
So at Sunday's panel
We won't be bored.
Theodore Bikel, world famous
actor, folksinger, lecturer, racon-
teur and linguist, will be a guest
at the 1966 Israel Bond sponsor
re-enrollment luncheon noon Feb.
10 at the Great . -
Mrs. David Pol-
chairman, will be
chairman of the
the Detroit Is-
rael Bond Wom-
M r s . Morris L. Mrs. Pollack
S c h a v e r is chairman of the
Bikel, who will be starring in a
new musical, "Pousse Cafe,"
which will be at the Fisher Thea-
ter from Feb. 8 to March 5, will
receive an award. Sponsor em-
blems, designed by the world-
famous artist and sculptor, Chaim
Gross, will be presented to the
women who have earned them.
The design is based on the He-
brew symbol for "Chai," life, on
the occasion of the 18th year of
Because this is the year of Chai,
a new honor category has been
added, the Chai Sponsor, for pur-
chasers of $1,800 or more in Is-
rael Bonds. The Negev sponsor
pin is awarded to purchasers of
$1,500 or more. A purchase of
$1,000 in Bonds makes a purchas-
er eligible for the Honor Society
of National Sponsors of Israel.
For reservations to the lunch-
eon call the Israel Bond office,
DI. 1-5707. Admission is open to
subscribers of $1,000, $1,500, $1,-
800 or more in Israel Bonds.
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The faces I see
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