Pin Blame for 'Iron Cross' Popularity
on Lack of Knowledge of Nazism
Because it's the "in" thing to
do, Detroit teens are grabbing up
Iron Cross medals like Hitler's
army used to wear.
They're called by other names
sometimes—like Maltese crosses
or surfer's crosses—but the effect
is the same, Jerome Aumente re-
ported in the Detroit News.
"Novelty supply dealers in the
Detroit area report a high demand
among teen-agers for cheap repli-
cas of the medals. Some refuse to
stock them. Others complain they
cannot get enough," Aumente
Richard Lobenthal, Michigan
regional director of the Anti-
Defamation League, said he has
received many calls from par-
Pianist Linda Eisenberg Aptekar
will perform Mozart's Sonata No.
5 in G Major, as
part of her recit-
al program for
the April 11
meeting of the
ans' League at
the Women's Cit-
y Club, announc-
MOSHE RIVLIN, secretary gen-
eral of the Jewish Agency, also
has assumed the functions of direc-
tor general. He replaces Moshe
Avidor, who retired from the post,
His appointment was confirmed at
an agency meeting at which Trea-
surer Aryeh Pincus lauded Avidor's
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DR. WILLIAM KOREY, direc-
tor of Bnai Brith's United Nations
office, was elected chairman of the
Conference Group of U.S.. National
Organizations on the United Na-
tions. He resides in Merrick, L.I.
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LUDWIG JESSELSON, N e w
York industrialist, has been named
the recipient of the 1966 Kether
Shem Tov Award of the Union of
Orthodox Jewish Congregations of
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DONALD FELDSTEIN has been
appointed program analyst on the
staff of the National Community
Relations Advisory Council.
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Dr. E. GORDON YUDASHKIN
of New York became medical su-
• perintendent of Northville State
Hospital Monday. He was recently
appointed to the post by Dr. Robert
A. Kimmich, director, Michigan
Department of Mental Health.
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Histadruth Ivrith of America
announce that EZRA Z. SHAPIRO
of Cleveland will be guest speaker
at the jubilee banquet, May 1.
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Faygo Beverage has named
THEODORE T. BACHMAN to the
new position of general sales man-
ager for the tri-state area of Mich-
igan, Ohio and Indiana.
Prof. ISAAC BERENBLUM, head
of the Weizmann Institute's Experi-
mental Biology Department, is
leaving Rehovoth on Sunday, for
Geneva, where he will join 11
other distinguished scientists plan-
ning the program of work for the
newly-formed International Agency
for Research on Cancer, to be
located in Lyons, France.
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JOSEPH H. ROSS will be honor-
ed at the Sheraton Cadillac, April
ents, principals and school
One parent called The Jewish
News to report her daughter had
bought an Iron Cross at a dime-
store. When she complained to
the store, she said, they merely
sloughed off the complaint as "not
A Jewish News staff member
heard a teen-ager ask for a Mal-
tese Cross at Hudson's downtown,
and the saleslady replied that
"We're all out of them."
The Iron Cross closely resem-
bles the Maltese Cross, with eight
points, that originated in the Cru-
sades of the 12th Century.
Although Lobenthal said most
teen-agers make no conscious
"even unconscious c o n n e c t i o n,
with nazism," he called "very sig-
nificant" the number of complaints
to his office in the last four to six
He said some teachers have
seen a correlation with the
medals and a disturbing rise in
other feelings. Youngsters ap-
plauded Hitler on the screen at
a showing of a school film, he
said. The teacher stopped the
film immediately and sent the
students back to their class-
Dr. William Levin Back GE Pays Israel Company $1 .5 Million Out of Court
Peled remained in the United
NEW YORK (JTA) — General
From Korea; Served
Electric Corp. has paid the Israel States to negotiate purchase of a
Electric Corp. $1,550,000 to settle 24-megawatt generating unit for
as Command Surgeon
a claim filed against the Amer- an IEC station. He stopped off en
Dr. William Levin, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Isadore Levin of W. Outer
Dr. is home on leave after a 13 1/2-
month stint in Korea.
For nine months, he was sta-
tioned at Seoul Military Hospital
as captain and for the last 4 1/2
months at Camp Page Dispensary
as command surgeon.
From here he will go on to Wal-
ston Army Hospital, Fort Dix, N. J.
A graduate of Yeshivath Beth
ed by his grand-
uncle, Rabbi Ye-
hudah L. Levin,
Dr. Levin went
on to Central
where as vice
president of his
senior class, he
was graduated in
At Yeshivah University's under
graduate school, he was active in
athletic activities, serving as cap-
tain of the tennis team. Dr. Levin
graduated from Wayne State Uni-
versity's medical school in 1963
and interned at Brookdale Hospi-
tal, Brooklyn. As a resident in in-
ternal medicine, he worked under
Dr. Isadore Snapper, international-
ly famous internist.
Dr. Levin plans to resume his
residency at Brookdale after com-
pletion of his army service.
Dr. William Wattenberg, profes-
sor of educational psychology at
Wayne State University, said he
has not seen any rash of medal-
wearing in the Detroit schools and
he guessed that teens associate
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
"this sort of symbol with being
tough or rebellious." He added 26—Friday, April 1, 1966
that they probably look upon Nazi
history as "ancient history."
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to Teen-Age Fad of
ican firm after it was convicted of route to the United States in West
Germany to discuss claims for
Yaacov Peled, the IEC general compensation to IEC for faulty
manager, came to New York to re- generating equipment purchased
ceive the check. The amount rep- from West German manufacturers.
resents about 10 per cent of the That issue remains a matter for
$15,000,000 worth of turbo-gener- further negotiations.
ators purchased from GE from
1952 to 1956. The amount of the
Do not rejoice at my grief, for
refund was agreed upon by the two when mine is old, yours will be
firms in out-of-court negotiations. new.
IEC then withdrew its suit.
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WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sen.
Ross Bass, Tennessee Democrat, a
World War II bombardier shot
down by the Nazi Luftwaffe, com-
mented on , a new teen-age fad fea-
turing the wearing of Iron Crosses
and swastikas. Noting reports that
department store sales of replicas
of the German Iron Cross are
booming in the District of Colum-
bia and other parts of the country,
Sen. Bass said: "The kids ought
to be buying veterans' poppies.
They would look better as an orna-
The Senator said he did not be-
lieve the teen-agers understood
what the Nazi emblems symbolized.
The teen-age fad includes earrings
for girls with large black crosses
emblazoned on the cheap jewelry,
and rings with emblems that simu-
late German military insignia for
Voluntary School Prayer
Sought by Sen. Dirksen
WASHINGTON (JTA)—Sen. Ev-
erett Dirksen, the Senate minority
leader, submitted to Congress, a
constitutional amendment which
would allow voluntary prayers in
public schools, a practice outlawed
in a series of Supreme Court rul-
Sen. Dirksen, Illinois Republic.
an, said that the widespread pro-
tests following those decisions
was "gathering again in all
parts of the nation." He said his
proposed amendment would not
authorize any school to prescribe
the form or control of any pray-
He declared that, if the measure
was not cleared by a committee
for floor action, he would try to
attach it as a rider to a Senate
bill nearing passage.
The amendment would declare
that nothing in the Constitution
should bar officials of schools "or
other public buildings supported
in whole or in part, through the ex-
penditure of public funds," from
providing for or allowing volun-
tary participation by students "or
others" 'in prayer.
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