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'Meyer Weisgal at Seventy'--Brilliant Account of Master
Builder of Weizmann Institute of Science at Rehovot, Israel

Campaign to Remove
German Nuclear Scientists
From Egypt Successful

TEL AVIV (JTA) - Isser Harel,
former chief of Israel's security
services, who conducted a cam-
paign for the removal from Egypt
of scientists at work for Nasser
on sophisticated arms designed for
war against Israel, said the cam-
paign was entirely successful.
Harel, whose name as chief of
security could never be mentioned
publicly in Israel or in news dis-
patches abroad during the time
he held that position, is now an
adviser to Prime Minister Levi
Eshkol. Addressing a meeting here
Monday, Harel said his campaign
had borne fruit. "The work of
German scientists in Nasser's
service now is insignificant," he
said. "When a German is at pres-
ent given an offer to work against
Israel, he thinks twice before
accepting the offer."
He declared he disagrees with
those Israelis who say that there
is no Nazism left in Germany. He
implied that his resignation from
the highly sensitive post, three
years ago, had been due to a dis-
agreement on whether there was
a "new" Germany.

The anthology, "Meyer Weisgal to know what I want. I want your was for Weisgal the beginning of voc abulary in Yiddish and Eng-
at Seventy," an impressive work devotion, your dedication and your what was to emerge, over the next lish.
Twenty-five years later, in 1940,
in tribute to the master builder of fidelity. Israel's future will rest on fifteen years or more as the
the Weizmann Institute in Reho- three pillars: science, security and crowning accomplishment of his when Sir Isaiah Berlin met him
vot, Israel, published by Weiden- education-above all, education. own life on which he had set out, for the first time, he found him
feld and Nicolson, London, is espe- The Institute must become the fifty-five years earlier, in a small "an interesting and delightful and
cially noteworthy for the intro- strongest pillar in scientific edu- Jewish hamlet within the Russian devastating man . . . fiery, im-
patient, "with large demands on
duction, "The Odyssey of an Op- cation. I entrust this Institute to pale of settlement."
This new volume describes the life . . . contemptuous of what is
timist," by the editor of the book,
fulfillment of the pledge, the small and dry," who was fortun-
Edward Victor.
realization of the goal, the ate to have found in Dr. Weizmann
While the volume contains trib-
achievement of the great task the incarnation of his ideal of what
utes to Weisgal by the world's
Weisgal had undertaken.
a man and (what he cared about
most eminent personalities, in-
more) a Jew - should be."
The
Weizmann
Institute
has
cluding the leaders of the State of
In 1960, Weigal confused his up-
grown to a $100,000,000 complex,
Israel, the Victor essay evaluates
set on 200 acres of parkland, with dated detractors of his financial
Weisgal's work brilliantly and con-
19 faculties, engaged in some 200 unorthodoxy in devising a plan for
tains a splendid biography of the
research
projects. A graduate the use of counterpart funds in
man whose genius made possible
school, attended by 240 students Israel, for the benefit of the Insti-
the emergence of the great Israel
from Israel and abroad, offers the tute. Under that plan, writes
scientific institution.
M.Sc. and Ph. D. degres. Its 450 Victor, the Agency for Internation-
Weisgal as an enterprising edi-
scientists, chosen from the inter- al Development of the U. S. State
tor (of ZOA's New Palestine and
national scientific community are Department approved a long term
the Jewish Standard of To-
making notable contributions in loan in Israel currency against
ronto), as the inaugurator of the
many fields of science. Conceived dollar repayments by individual
great spectacle, "The Romance
in
1944, with its first building dedi- American donors supporting the
of a People" at the Chicago
cated in 1949, the institute was a Institute. The total sum involved is
World's Fair in 1933 and later
70th birthday gift to Dr. Chaim $25,000,000; to be advanced from
of Werfel's "The Eternal Road,"
Weizmann.
The greatest evolution counterpart funds. The sums so
and as secretary of the Zionist
of
the
Institute
has taken place far advanced made possible the
Organization of America under
Not every hero wears a decora-
since 1953. From its inception, the second major phase of the insti-
the tutelage of Louis Lipsky
tion.-Russian proverb.
tute's program.
MEYER WEISGAL
master
builder
of
the
Institute
has
whose tribute to Weisgal is
among the gems in this book- your care. Give me your hand. been Meyer Weigal, pledged by 10-Friday, June 24, 1966
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
all are minute parts of a drama- Gib mir Tkias Kaff that you will Dr. Weizmann never to leave it.
"Meyer Weisgal at Seventy" is
tic career.
never abandon it.'
It is as close friend and asso-
"Weisgal gave his hand and his the first literary portraiture of
Weisgal. Among the authors repre-
ciate of Chaim Weizmann that promise.
Weisgal emerges in this anthology
"And if that day had witnessed sented are four science Nobel
Offers
in the giant role of a creator of a the crowning moment of Weiz- Laureates, Dr. I. I. Rabi, Univer-
V THE FINEST DEAL
great instrument for Israel and for mann's career as a scientist, it sity Professor at Columbia Uni-
versity, 1944 Nobel Laureate,
vf THE FINEST SERVICE
Jewry. Weizmann recognized the
Physics; Sir Robert Robinson of
brilliance of the young man who
Come See for Yourself at
London, 1947 Nobel Laureate,
assisted him in his labors, who
Chemistry; Dr. Ernest B. Chain,
encouraged the building program
of the Imperial College of Sci-
in Rehovot, who was responsible
ence and Technology, London Uni-
for the numerous structures which
versity, 1944 Nobel Laureate, Med-
now comprise the great research
icine and Physiology and the late
cent.r.
TRENTON, N.J. (JTA) - The Dr. Niels Bohr, considered the
Victor's "Odyssey" com-
20735 GRAND RIVER
Minutes From
mences with an account of the New Jersey Republican Party an- father of the atomic age, 1922 No-
KE 2-7500
Oak Park & Southfield
()MOP' onening of the Institute nounced it had endorsed the sus- bel Laureate, Physics.
Between 6 Mile & Evergreen
The President of Israel, Zal-
of Physics and Physical Chem- pension of seven county Young
istry as the first building of the Republican organizations controll- man Shazar, Prime Minister Levi
Wn'zynann Institute of Science ed by the Rat Finks, an extreme Eshkol, Foreign Minister Abba
on Nov. 2, 1949. Weizmann was rightist faction accused of anti- Eban, Finance Minister Pincus
Sapir, former Prime Ministers
on the eve of his 75th birthday. Semitic and anti-Negro bigotry.
The moderate leadership of the David Ben-Gurion and the late
He was nearly blind. But he
made the usual great impression New Jersey Young Republican or- Moshe Sharett offer their apprecia-
on the historic gathering that ganization ordered the suspension, tion of Weisgal as a "creative per-
included non-Jews as well as June 16, climaxing months of in- sonality" and of his services as "an
Jews. Arabs as well as Israelis. ter-party struggles that began with emissary of science" and his "in-
He then said: "The research the disclosure that members of the numerable contributions to the
which is proceeding and which Rat Fink faction had printed and Weizmann Institute of Science and
is being planned here in Reho- used a song-sheet with viciously to the State of Israel."
Louis Lipksy, Maurice Samuel,
vot is at the core of Israel's anti-Semitic ditties sung at Young
Cass Canfield, Chairman of the
evolution into a major scien- GOP conventions last year.
Webster B. Todd, New Jersey board of Harper and Row, Dr.
tific center." The editor's com-
ment is that they were "bold Republican state chairman, said Ritchie Calder, science writer,
the suspensions had ended a now Professor of International Re-
words for the time, and pro-
threat that the state's senior lations at Edinburgh University
phetic, too . . ."
(This reviewer had the privilege Republican leadership would and Dr. Isaac Berenblum, inter-
publicly disown the Young Re- nationally recognized cancer au-
of attending that ceremony).
thority, now head of the Depart-
Then Victor relates this inter- publicans.
A factor in the senior GOP at- ment of Experimental Biology at
esting incident in Weisgal's life.
After that historic ceremony . . . titude was understood to be a fear the Weizmann Institute are repre-
"Weisgal was ushered into the that the state's Democrats would sented by discerning portraits.
Dr. Vera Weizmann, widow of
almost dark library of Weizmann's charge the GOP with bigotry and
house; its only illumination was racism in the forthcoming state Dr. Weizmann; Dr. Nahum
43. Nice
Goldmann, president of the World
22. Hanove ►
1.Amsterdam
the light flickering from the burn- election campaign.
44. Nuremberg
23. Hong Kong
2. Anchorage
In Washington, the Republican Zionist Organization; Lord Sieff,
ing logs in the wide fireplace. He
45. Palma de Mallorci
24. Istanbul
3. Athens
sat down at Weizmann's side. The National Committee adopted a res- head of Marks and Spencer, and
46. Paris
25. Johannesburg
4. Baghdad
`Chief' put out his right hand and olution Monday night condemning Sir Isaac Wolfson, business ty-
47. Philadelphia
26. Karachi
5. Bangkok
coon,
both
of
London;
Dewey
D.
the
"acts
of
bigotry"
of
the
"Rat
groped for Weisgal. Speaking Yid-
48. Prague
27. Kingston
6. Barcelona
Stone,
chairman
of
the
institute's
Finks,"
and
urging
the
Young
Re-
dish, the tongue to which he al-
49. Rio de Janeiro
28. Lagos
7. Bonn
ways reverted for intimate con- publicans to expel all members board of governors, and Harry Le-
50. Rome
29. Las Palmas
8.,Boston
versation, he said: 'Meyer, gib found guilty of participation in vine, its treasurer, pin-point facets
51. Rotterdam
30. Lima
9. Bremen
of
Weisgal's
character
and
per-
such
acts.
mir Tkias Kaff'-literally, let me
52. Santiago .:
31. Lisbon
10.Brussels
formance.
have your hand-shake, but mean-
53. Sao PaulQ
32. London
11. Buenos Aires
How
a
new
deficit
lifted
a
pall
ing, and even this is an inade- AJCommittee Supports
54. Singapore
33. Madrid
12.
Calcutta
of gloom is described in a vig-
quate rendering, give me your
55.Stockholm
34. Mexico City
13. Chicago
nette of Weisgal's theatrical
Study of Genocide
plighted word.
56. Stuttgart
35. Milan
14. Cologne
days
by
Joseph
Brainin,
now
"Wonderingly, Weisgal answered
57. Sydney
LONDON - A $700,000 genocide
36. Montego Bay
15.Copenhagen
executive
vice
president
of
the
in the same language: 'Ws plutz- study, scheduled to start in the
58.Teheran
37. Montevideo
16.Dakar
Weizmann Institute.
ling-why suddenly?'
59.Tokyo
38. Montreal
fall at the new Center for Re-
17.Darwin
The Meyer Weigal thus de-
"As Weisgal recounted the inci- search in Collective Psychopathol-
60.Tripoli
39. Munich
18. Dusseldorf
61.Vienna
dent later:
40. Nairobi
ogy at Sussex University, has re- scribed was born Nov. 10, 1894 in
19.Geneva
62. Zurich
"Weismann said, 'Meyer, I am ceived the financial backing of Kikol, Poland, one of 11 children
41. New Delhi
20.Guayaquil
old and spent. My strength is the American Jewish Committee. of Cantor Solomon Weisgal.
42. New York
21. Hamburg
gone. We have embarked today on
The study, expected to take Brought to the United States at
a great enterprise. The Institute seven years, will include among its the age of 11, he was educated in
Number 63 is probably the best reason of all:It's the gracious and pe
was born only a few hours ago. aims the examination of the Nazi the public schools of New York
sonal attention you'll receive wherever you fly on our world-wide syste
It will need to be nursed, cared extermination of Jews, Slays and and at Columbia University.
If you prefer Kosher Food, for example, just let us know when makin
In
1915,
when,
at
age
21,
he
be-
other
groups,
paying
particular
for and brought up to manhood.
your reservations. It's as easy as calling your Travel Agent or the Lufthan$
gan
his
career
in
the
Zionist
move-
I want you to promise me that attention to the motives and feel-
office nearest you.
ment, he was, as Louis Lipsky
you won't abandon this frail ings of the persecutors.
describes
him
"a
breezy,
aggres-
The
purpose
will
be
to
discover
child."
"Weisgal protested, 'Chief, I am what it was in their view of their sive, argumentative youth, neither
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Nazis to carry out the atrocities ful toward law and order . . . who
worker in the Zionist vineyard.'
1242 Washington Blvd.
"To this Weizmann replied: without being overwhelmed by never believed in the still, small
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feelings
of
guilt.
`You don't have to be a scientist

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