Dan Jacobson's 'The Beginners' Weizmann, Israel and the UN an Historic Recording
fields will find this record an
leaders like Abraham Feinberg,
By SAUL CARSON
Powerfully Portrays S. African
important tool in the teaching of
Mrs. Rose Halprin, Harry Le-
the theme to which the disc is
vine, Meyer W. Weisgal, Israel
Issue, Israel's Appeal to Youth There are still some old-timers M. Sieff and Dewey D. Stone. devoted.
The Jewish Education
JTA Correspondent at the UN
(Copyright, 1966, JTA, Inc.)
Not all of the recordings come Committee of New York has de-
Dan Jacobson, one of the very teristic, pouting smile, the skin around the United Nations who re-
the UN files. There is a clared the work "a most impor-
distinguished South Africans who around them drawn smooth and member the tremendous impact
tant historical document and
have left their native 1 a n d, tight. Joel knew he was going to made upon all here years ago by thrilling moment when one hears
educational instrument for our
has settled in England and has stammer; that smile was almost a a dignified gentleman who, in his Chaim Weizmann saying the tradi-
schools as well as for adult
written extensively on a variety part of it. "But now — but now, meticulous "British" English, spo- tional blessing, in Hebrew, as he
programs." General libraries
of subjects of interest of Jews you've learned to value those ad- ken in talmudic sing-song, pleaded
should find the record of equal
dealing with the apartheid issue, vantages — is that it?"
ardently, and successfully for the
is Weizmann's reaction to the importance, as well as Jewish
exposing the inhumanities that are
"In a way, yes. I want to use right of the Jewish people to es- United Nations adoption of the homes in general.
current under discriminatory prat- them, somehow, if I can."
tablish their own homeland in
Palestine Partition Plan in 1947
As one who has pioneered in the
tices against the blacks. HisThe
"Well, I can't say I envy you. Palestine. The man was Dr. Chaim
and the celebration of that event, writing and production of United
Zulu and the Zeide" is now a Neither the advantages nor the Weizmann.
in a scuare in Tel Aviv. There are Nations historical records, this
Broadway play and his short sto- disadvantages."
His voice' and bhe voices of many
ries as well as novels received
But he was- making no reproach, others—friends, neutral and foe sad moments — one, reported by writer could not applaud all of the
wide acclaim. passing no judgment. Calmed by alike—were recorded at the time Dr. Vera Weizmann, of her hus- techniques employed for the mak-
band pleading with Britain's Lord ing of the record. But it is possible
His newest novel, "The Begin- the sunshine and the silence the words were spoken and are
Halifax for permission to land that these are strictly technical
ners," published by Macmillan, is around them,. by the friendship preserved here forever in the
matters that only professionals
another outstanding work for many they felt for each other, by the audio archives of the United Na- Jewish immigrants in Israel.
There is Harry Truman's trium- would note. They do not lessen the
reasons: it portrays life of Jews melancholy of knowing that they tions. Very few people — outside
potential excitement of the work
in South Africa, it accounts for would not again be together for the diplomatic and news fields—
emigration of many of them to many years, if ever, they sat talk- have access to those exciting his private office at the White for the lay listener, nor its edu-
Israel, it points to the wide inter- ing together. Then from far off audio archives. Now everyone who House just before he issued the cational value. It may be that
est in the Jewish State among th ey heard the sound of the bell is interested can hear Dr. Weiz- formal recognition of the new some guide may be needed by
young South Africans and it pin- clanging on the kibbutz for the rnannand 16 other im-ortant per- State of Israel by the United States schools using the recording. But
points the tragedy of the non- midday meal. Joel was leaving sonalities—on a new, L.P. record government. There is a lengthy there is no doubt whatever that
statement by Adlai Stevenson, one the playing of the record, in many
whites. after he had eaten.
just released under the auspices
They got up to go. The grove of the American Committee for the by Sen. Kennedy, one by Britain's places and on many occasions,
"The Beginners" covers a vari-
Sir Harold Nicholson—each excit- would be found highly worth the
ety of experiences. It's a novel was still; the trees held up their Weizmann Institute of Science. It ing in its own way.
with love stories, it accounts for
is a fitting commemorative item
The narration, holding all the
Harry stood without moving, his honoring the name of Dr. Weiz-
the migrations of Jews from
head lowered thoughtfully. You mann and the cause that he had voices together, is done by a man
Lithuania to South Africa, their
who is probably the most fitting
initial struggles, the successes know what's the worst thing about served so long, so brilliantly and person in the world to do such a
they attained, the eventual as- being a Jew among the goyim?" he so effectively.
job — Israel's Foreign Minister
similation of many of their chil- said. "I'll tell you. They don't hate
The record, a dramatic, 40- Abba Eban.
• dren and the other side of the
minute program, is entitled
A young Israel radio director,
coin: the devotion of many of hate us because we produced him, "Chaim Weizmann, Israel and Ram Ben Efraim, spent two years,
them to the Zionist idea and it was from the Jews that he came. the Jewish People." Other voices
in association with the American
their desire to settle in Pales- Came with all his impossible de- besides Dr. Weizmann's, some
Committee for the Weizmann In-
tine, later Israel.
heard in this form for the first stitute, researching and interview-
While there are the timid who
time, include those of President ing personalities in connection
hesitated to stand up against the anyone strikes you, look not after Johnson and ex-President Harry with this record. Profile Records
discriminatory regulations, there a woman with lust in your heart.
S. Truman; the late Sir Winston is the label on the disc.
are those, in this novel, who risked How can ordinary . . .
Churchill and the late Adlai
Many Jewish organizations in
their freedoms, who went to jail
Stevenson; David Ben-Gurion
the educational and cultural
for their stand in defense of the
and Dr. Vera Weizmann, widow
the more they hate him the more
colored population. It is part of
of Israel's first president; and
the panegyric in praise of those they hate the Jews, who're respon- Francis Cardinal Spellman and
who defy injustice.
Sen. Robert F. Kennedy; Jewish
"Are you trying to make me stay
The family involvements are of
considerable interest in this story.
just thinking of what
The Glickmans display many char-
acteristics. One goes to Israel, is you're going back to."
"The Beginners" is a powerful
injured, returns to intermarry; his
younger brother whose Jewish in- novel. The many aspects of its
"Speedy Recovery," "Sympathy" or "Bon Voyage"
terests have been nil suddenly ac- universalism. the sympathetic man-
ner in which it touches on many
more important than what you say
quires a religious fervor and set-
JERUSALEM (ZINS) — The ex- -
is how you say it. Expressions of
tles in Israel; his parents go to causes and many movements, the
treme Orthodox Naturei Karta in
Israel and his father, while dislik-
sympathy, best wishes or congratu-
aoters are treated—all combine to Jerusalem have forbidden the
ing many things he sees there,
lations are much more effective with
claims that as one who was and is add to Dan Jacobson's laurels as viewing of television and warned
a gift basket that speaks for you
they will excommunicate all those
a Zionist and decides to settle in
. . . in an eye-appealing, taste-tempt-
This is a novel of high rank. It found violating this proscription.
the Jewish State, he has the right
ing and satisfying manner.
to be critical of it.
Of interest is a dialogue be-
We are Michigan's leader in
ably fine Jewish and libertarian (C h e r e m) proclamation is as
tween Joel Glickman and his fel-
GIFT BASKET - PREPARATION
theme. It earns wide circulation follows:
low kibbutznick, when Joel an-
"We proclaim and announce that
There must be a reason!!
and a long selling record. P.S.
nounces he is leaving Israel. At
the unclean magic box, which is
first his friend Harry says he,
called television, ruins the souls of
Call 862-6800.. and CHARGE IT!
too, will leave Israel. Then this Jewish Labor Committee
people, destroys family life, con-
Hits Rheinmetall Dealings fuses the mind and leads to
"What'll you do if you leave?"
NEW YORK—The Jewish Labor atheism. Therefore, television is
completely and utterly "trefe" and
"I don't know. But I don't think Committee protested the ad- must not be allowed into Jewish
I'll leave Israel. I don't fancy the ministration's plans to award a homes in the Holy Land. We warn
$75,000,000 contract to a West Ger-
idea of becoming a Jew again."
our brethren of the Children of
"It makes me nervous some- man arms manufacturer that has Israel that they must not make
times, to think of going back refused, unlike other major Ger- unclean their homes with these
among the Goyim," Joel confesses man concerns, to yecognize finan-
"But it's funny—what you've just cial claims made by Jews devils and evil spirits. We pro-
claim excommunication upon the
said—my brother's all keen on employed as slave laborers under
and upon those who will
Israel because he thinks he's be-
come religious; he says he wants . In letters to Secretary of Defense make use of it.
to be a real Jew."
Robert S. McNamara and Secre-
"Well, it's a free country," Harry tary of State Dean Rusk, JLC A Joke — From Haifa
answered ironically. "We admit all President Adolph Held scored the
Sheridan Valley Ski Area is 7 miles
S. Becker, of 40 Arlosoroff St.,
decision to purchase machine guns Haifa, Israel, received a copy of
from Lewiston Lodge. Whether skiing
At the end of the grove was a from Rheinmetall of Dusseldorf, The Detroit Jewish News. He was
is your dish, or you enjoy the north
small ditch or gully, with a tumble- which is still controlled by men elated with it and in appreciation
woods, we suggest a winter weekend
down fence of stone on the other who helped pioneer the Nazi move- sent us some jokes. Here's one of
side of it. They jumped over the ment.
at the Lodge.
ditch and sat down on the g r ound,
An English Lord, after staying a
"It is well-known that Rhein-
their backs to the pale, sun-
American Plan — Special rates for
fortnight in the Nelson Hotel, tipped
warmed stone, their feet dangling, metall was the second largest the waiters and maids generously
adults, Friday evening to Sunday af-
arms manufacturer for Hitler's
above the ooze of mud that glit-
Reich," Held said. "It sought out and as he was bidding the man-
ternoon—$25 per person. Children,
tered in the" hollow.
ager goodbye consented to have
reduced rates. Season open to March
"No," Harry said, "I'd rather be and employed concentration camp the latter ask him a riddle.
an Anglo-Saxon among the Israelis,
The Nelson Hotel manager
any day, than a Jew among the factories. A special camp for Jew- asked: "A son of my father, a
Goyim. I had enough of that."
son of my mother, and not my
Joel threw down a pebble and from the Buchenwald concentra- brother. Who is he?"
Children—Age 6 and Under, $10.00;
kicked it away with his shoe be- tion camp by Rheinmetall was
The Lord was puzzled and the
Ages 7 to 12, $15.00; Ages 13 to
fore it had reached the ground. "It built by Rheinmetall at Sommerda hotel manager finally told him:
wasn't only disadvantages we in Thuringia, where it was operated "It is me."
wanted to get rid of by coming
Intrigued, the Lord, upon his
here. It was advantages as well. Over 1,200 Jewish women were return to London, decided to spring
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALL EL 7-0761
We wanted to get rid of the ad- employed by Rheinmetall in that it on family and friends. He gave
vantages of being lucky Jews, camp alone, and thousands more a dinner, entertained lavishly and
Anglo-Saxon Jews, rich Jews, who were forced to work in other
then sprang the riddle. No one
camps," declared Held.
had the answer and when he was
Harry looked up, frowning, his
EAST TWIN LAKES
New definition of a secret: implored to provide it, the Lord
lips thrust forward in a chara•
Something you enjoy telling to said:
"It is the manager of the Nelson
one person at a time.—Bartow
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
18—Friday, February 25, 1966
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