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September 16, 1966 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-09-16

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Noted Americans issue Appeal of Conscience
Manifesto on Religious Rights for Soviet Jews

NEW YORK — An Appeal of
Conscience Manifesto calling
on the Soviet government to
restore "f u 11 and unfettered
religious liberty" to the 3,-
000,000 Jewish citizens of the
USSR, was issued by 100 digni-
taries in government, religion,
education, b u s in e s s, labor and
leading professions on the eve of
the High Holy Days.
A full-page statement was pub-
lished in the New York Times
Wednesday.
Among the signatories of the
manifesto are 35 United States
Senators, including Michigan's
Senators Hart and Griffin,the gov-
ernors of 20 states, religious lead-
ers of the three major faiths, in-
cluding prominent bishops and
other clergymen of the Protestant

and Catholic faiths.
The Appeal of Conscience Foun-
dation, comprising religious and
lay leaders of the three major
faiths, was established last year
to help Soviet Jewry regain full
religious freedom throughout the !
Soviet Union. The officers are Rab-
bi Arthur S c h n e i e r, Park East
Synagogue - Congregation Zichron
Ephraim, president; Dr. Harold
A. Borley, minister, Christ Church
Methodist, • and the Rev. Thurs-
ton N. Davis, S. J., editor-in-chief,
America, vice presidents, both of
New York; former Congressman
Francis E. Dorn, secretary-treas-
urer, Brooklyn.
Earlier this year, they visited
the Soviet Union as the first inter-
faith mission to study religious
life there. Noting that Soviet

Shaarey Zedek Teachers Acquire
Bargaining Rights Under State Law

Shaarey Zedek Teachers Associ_
ation acquired the status of a bar-
gaining agent in negotiating on
teachers' working conditions by
unanimous vote of the teaching
staff at a meeting that was called
under the aegis of the Michigan
State Labor Mediation Board Tues-
day afternoon.
Conducted under the chairman-
ship of Hyman Parker, chief medi-
ator of the State Mediation Board,
all of the 22 teachers present voted
in favor of the organized effort.
Four of the votes were chal-
lenged by a representative of the
synagogue, three of the votes be-
ing by the officers of the teacherS'
association and the fourth the as-
signed "challenger" for the teach-
ers who was inactive because no
challenges were necessitated in the

teachers' behalf.

It was, as Parker indicated, a
consent election conducted with
the approval of the synagogue.
But an indication of conflict
was evident when it became
knawn that only a day before the
election, on Monday afternoon, the
synagogue had discharged the two
top officers of the Shaarey Zedek
Teachers' Association, Sol Pan-
ush and Jacob Golani, the associ-
ation's president and vice presi-
dent, for "defiant refusal to comply
with reasonable but necessary work
directions, for . . demonstrative
insubordination of the religious
school's education director . . . and
flagrant conduct unbecoming a
teacher." Panush has taught at
the Shaarey Zedek for 25 years,
and Golani for six years.

Eichmann 'a Man Who Hated Life,'
Psychiatrist Tells World Congress

LONDON (JTA) — Adolf Eich-
mann was described by an Israeli
psychiatrist, who interviewed and
tested the Nazi in an Israeli prison,
as a man who killed Jews because
he "hated life," it was reported
here from Madrid.
Dr. I. S. Kulcsar, director of the
psychiatry department of the Tel
Hashomer General Hospital, offer-
ed that analysis in a paper on
"The Psychopathology of Adolf
Eichmann," presented in Madrid
at the World Congress of Psychia-
try.
The paper was the first public
presentation of the findings of 21
hours of interviews and tests of
Eichmann between January and
March 1961.
Eichmann was hanged in 1962
after he was convicted by an
Israeli court for his part in the
slaughter of European Jewry.
The psychiatrist said that Eich-
mann killed impersonally, in a
bureaucratic way. He said the
Nazi practiced a 'dehumanized
sadism" and called Eichmann

"an extreme example of the de-
eroticized destructor in our time."
\ He said his research sh owed
Eichmann to be of "average in-
telligence" but a man who was
"lifeless, mechanical, formalized
and dehumanized."
He quoted the Nazi as telling him
that "all my life I felt fear but I
did not know of what.

Los Angeles Centers View
Urgent Need to Expand

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Ex-
pansion of Jewish Center facilities
in Los Angeles and in the area
was declared here "a top priority"
for the year 1966-67 by Ralph B.
Herzog. newly elected president
of the Jewish Centers Association.
Three Centers in the San Fer-
nando Valley all need additions.
There are more than 150,000 resi-
dents in the valley.

A timid person is frightened be-
fore a danger, a coward during the
time, and a courageous person af-
terwards.—Jean Paul Richter

Keep freedom in your future

policy seemed to be aiming at the
"obliteration of the Jewish corn-
munity and Jewish culture," Rabbi
Schneier stressed the need for
vigorous protest against this poli-
cy, "not only by those who value
and revere the ancient Jewish tra-
dition and civilization, but also by
every person who respects the fun-
damental human right of a group
to live in peace and security."
They expressed the hope that
the manifesto would "awaken the
moral conscience of the world to
the plight of the 3,000,000 Soviet
Jews" who "are succumbing to a
veritable religious and cultural
disaster which will eventually re-
sult in their complete spiritual ex-
tinction and annihilation."
He said that "a powerful coali-
tion of religious and intellectual
leaders will exert a potent moral
force which even the leaders of
the Kremlin will not be able to
ignore."
Hundreds of , rabbis throughout
the United States and Canada are
joining in similar appeals during
the High Holy Days. A "Declara-
tion of Rights for Soviet Jewry"
will be posted in almost every
Jewish institution in the United
States during the week between
Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur,
according to Rabbi Israel Miller,
chairman of the American Jewish
Conference on Soviet Jewry. (See
local story.)
* * *
Sen. Griffin Joins Conference
in Protest Against USSR Bias
U.S. Senator Robert P. Griffin
(R-Mich.) added his signature to
a statement by the American Jew-
ish Conference on Soviet Jewry
protesting against the anti-Semitic
policies of the Soviet Union.
In a statement accompanying
his letter of acceptance to Rabbi
Israel Miller, chairman of the con-
ference, Griffin said:
"I appeal, and America appeals
to the Soviet leaders to cease their
inhumane and discriminatory con-
duct. As Americans, we cherish
religious freedom and we will seek
ever to preserve it."

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
22—Friday, Seutember 16, 1966

From Jerusalem to Miami

HAIFA (ZINS) — In the roster
of "successes" chalked up by the
Israeli steamship line Zim a new
achievement was recently record-
ed. The passenger liner "Jerusa-
lem" is now making its final voy-
age under the Israeli flag. Its
future voyages will be made under
the name "Miami" with a non-
Jewish crew under the American
flag.

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