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Greatest 'Greatest Show on Earth'

Significant Revelations in Ryan's 'Last Battle'

"The Last Battle" by Cornelius
Ryan, published by Simon and
Schuster, is one of the most re-
vealing books about the last war
and is especially . valuable as a
description of conditions in Berlin
during the final period of the en-
trance of the Russian armies.
The 'fear that was injected, the
scare created by the threats of

Adela Smieja, the "Lady of the Lions," demonstrates her ability
in the Ringling Bros., Barnum and Bailey Circus, opening its "Great-
est Show on Earth" June 1 at Cobo Arena. There will be nine per-
formances through June 5, featuring the largest cast in its 96-year
history: 500 performers from all over the world and over 200 animals,
including the largest troupe of performing elephants in the circus
world. Seventeen European acts never before seen in America have
been signed for the show this year.

Italian Jewry Vows
Bonds With Israel

Sholem Aleichem House
Opened in Tel Aviv; Mark
Anniversary in Russia

ROME (JTA)—A resolution re-
affirming the "d e e p links" be-
tween Italian Jewry and the state
of Israel and pledging to reinforce
such links, was approved by dele-
gates to the seventh annual con-
ference of the Union of Italian
Jewish Communities.
The resolution - adapted by the
42 delegates from Italy's 22 Jew-
ish communities said such links
were intended to guarantee and
protect the Life and security of
Israel and that of the Jewish com-
munities in other countries from
the dangers of assimilation. The
resolution pledged to further the
goals of the Italian Zionist Feder-
ation.
In another resolution, the dele-
gates expressed the hope that So-
viet authorities would make it pos-
sible for Russian Jews to promote
fully the values of their Jewish
culture and tradition.
The resolution urged that the
religious life of Soviet Jewry
not- be hindered and that free-
dom of reunion would be made
possible in Israel or eleswhere
for Russian Jews who are mem-
bers of families surrendered
during the Nazi holocaust.
The delegates also conveyed
cordial and fraternal greetings to
the World Jewish Congress on its
30th anniversary.
They -lauded the work done by
the WJC to defend and consoli-
date in the world the unity of the
Jewish people, as well as express-
ing satisfaction that the WJC had
established an office in Italy to
work with Italian Jewish commu-
nities in the study of Jewish prob,
lems.
The resolution invited Italian
Jewish communities to cooperate
with the new WJC office.
A pledge that the Italian gov-
ernment would "fight for the com-
plete equality of all citizens" was
voiced here by Paolo Amigio Ta-
viani, minister for internal affairs,
at the conference.
Taviani was only one among
other members of the Italian cab-
inet attending the ceremonies at
the opening of the three-day con-
vention at Barberini Palace. Pres-
ident Giuseppe Saragat sent a
message to the convention, and
Taviani pointed out that the pres-
ident had conferred on the central
Jewish organization the gold medal
for civil merits.
The proceedings were opened by
Judge Sergio Piperno, president
of the Union.

TEL AVIV (JTA) — President
Zalman Shazar on Sunday official-
ly opened the Sholem Aleichem
House here, marking the 50th an-
niversary of the death of the
great Jewish writer, who died in
New York in 1916.
The memorial shrine to Sholem
Aleichem will house all available
materials concerning his life and
works, and will also serve as a
research center.
Previously unpublished and un-
edited works of Sholem Aleichem
have been discovered and will be
issued in a new collection that may
run into 20 volumes, it was an-
nounced at the opening ceremony
by Dr. Eliahu Elath, president of
the Hebrew University and chair-
man of the board of directors of
Sholem Aleichem Foundation.
The center carrying Sholem
Aleichem's name has been built
at a cost of $175,000 contributed
by American friends, by the Far-
band-Labor Zionist Order of the
United States, and by Histadrut.
The City of Tel Aviv contributed
the land. When completed, the
structure is expected to cost
$200,000.
Meanwhile, the Soviet Em-
bassy issued a report of the
Novosti Press Agency stating
that extensive events are being
held in Rrissia to memorialize
the 50th anniversary.
The report said a mass anniver-
sary meeting was held by the
Soviet Writers' Union in .".vroscow's
Central Writers' Club las); Friday.
Prominent men of letters and pub-
lic leaders participated. The re-
port added that the anniversary
was especially marked in Kiev,
where Sholem Aleichem lived for
many years.
A meeting was to be held Thurs-
day in the Kiev Philharmonic
Society Hall where, the report said,
Sholem Aleichem's works would
be recited in Yiddish and Ukrain-
ian.
The 50th anniversary of Sholem
Aleichem's death will also be ob-
served in Moscow at the Chaikov-
sky Hall, in Kharkov, Riga, Vilna
and other Soviet cities with a large
Jewish population, where the
works of the famous Jewish writer
will be recited by Jewish actors,
the report stated.
In London, the .50th anniversary
of the death of Sholem Aleichem
was commemorated Monday at a
Yiddish symposium organized by
the World Jewisn Congress and
the Society of Jewish Journalists
and Writers.
The late Sholem Aleichem's as-
sociation with Zionism was de-
tailed in one of the principal
papers, read by Helena Kaut, a
member of the repertory group of
the Yiddish Folk Theater in War-
saw.

Israel's Egg Exports
Israel exported a total of 181,000
eggs last year, representing an in-
crease of nearly 50 percent over
the amount exported in the previ-
ous year.

The Columbia Pictures film-
adaptation of "Born Free," which
opens at the Norwest, Radio City
and Vogue Theaters Wednesday
stars the husband and wife acting
team, Virginia McKenna and Bill
Traverse.

Sarajevo to Honor Synagogue

LONDON (JTA)—The Sarajevo
City Council has announced that
celebrations to mark the 400th
anniversary of the Sarajevo Syna-
gogue, the oldest in Yugoslavia,
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS will be held in July, it was report-
Friday, May 20, 1966-37 ed here from Belgrade.

forces should enter Berlin, because
of the admonition that American
losses would be too enormous, add
to the importance of Ryan's ex-
pose.
There were many thousands of
suicides, many rapings, trage-
dies that added to the hatreds
and bitterness of the war.
Among the revealing episodes
are the numerous acts of shelter
provided for Jews during the war
period. Scores of people, many
Jews and half-Jews, were inter-
viewed and related how there was
compassion by some, treachery by
others.
In one instance, a Jew who was
sheltered assisted in saving the
Germans, but when the Russians
were temporarily repulsed, the
Germans again turned Nazis and
exposed the Jews.
Perhaps the most illuminating
of all the episodes in the book is
one about Lt. Gen. George S. Pat-
ton. Ryan thus describes the inci-
dent:
"In the camp at Ohrudruf,
overrun by the S. S. Third Army
on April 12 (1945), General
George S. Patton, one of the U.S.
Army's most hard-bitten officers,
GENERAL PATTON
walked through the death houses,
looting, raping, retaliations over then turned away, his face wet
Nazi acts in Russia, combine to with tears, and was uncontroll-
ably ill. The next day Patton or-
make this a revealing document.
The role played by the American
forces, the agreement that Russian

Larry Freedman

Northland Theater
Opens Season With
New Management

Orchestra and Entertainment

There's new management at
Northland Summer Playhouse this
year. The geodesic domed play-
house is now owned by Summer
Fair, Inc., a wholly owned sub-.
sidiary of the Northland Shopping

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Kenneth E. Schwartz, who
founded the summer theater some
dozen years ago—first, as theater
in the round under a huge big-
top tent, then progressing to where
it is now housed in a geodesic
dome with a proscenium stage—is
still the resident producer. He's
responsible, though, to a manage-
ment team which is comprised of
most of the men who have built
Northland Shopping Center, di-
vision of Shopping Centers, Inc.,
into the largest real estate oper-
ation in the world. -
The playhouse will start its 11th
season June 15 with "Owl and the
Pussycat" starring Yvette Mimieux.
Tickets to all Northland Sum-
mer Playhouse presentations will
be on sale at Hudson's downtown,
Northland, Eastland, and Welst-
land stores; all Sears stores in the
Detroit area; at downtown Grin-
nell's and all branches; at all Mar-
will Book Stores—and at the play-
house box office, located just south
of West Nine Mile and west of
Greenfield on J. L. Hudson Drive.
The new ownership has adopted
plans for face-lifting the theater's
exterior and more ambitious plans
for a new sound system and im-
proved air-conditioning.
The new sound equipment is
being installed now.
Schwartz listed these produc-
tions to be offered at the Play-
house: "Owl and the Pussycat,"
"The Subject Was Roses," "Zulu
and the Zayda," "Oliver," "How
To Succeed in Business Without
Really Trying," "Charlie's Aunt,"
"Catch Me If You Can," "Unsink-
able Melly Brown" and "Merry
Merry."

Beth El Youth Officers

Jon Goldman was elected pres-
ident of the Young People's Society
of Temple Beth El at the annual
meeting.
Other officers elected were Nan-
cy Kux and Carole Mullin, vice
presidents; Judy Garlock, Michi-
gan State Temple Youth board
member; Susan Cohen and Jean
Mandeberg, secretaries, Marc
Pearl, treasurer; and Nancy Wei-
ner parlamentarian.

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tiered the population of a nearby
village, whose inhabitants claim-

ed ignorance of the situation
within the camp, to view it for
themselves; those who hung back
were escorted at rifle point. The
following morning the mayor of
the village and his wife hanged
themselves."
Scores of other incidents point to
the horrors that were enacted. The
Russians' role was cruel, but there
were among them many who pre-
vented atrocities.
The note on the casualities is
most revealing. The large number
of photos adds to the value of this
important study. Most helpful also
for students of the history of that
period is the list of the soldiers and
civilians of "The Last Battle" and
what they do today. Ryan's is a
most significant work related to
World War II and the Nazi era.

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