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November 11, 1966 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-11-11

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Friday, November 11, 1966-15

Yank's Memory of Paris Liberation:
a Synagogue With No Young People

Louis Berry Honored With Seminary s Anniversary Medal

Louis Berry, who is prominently
associated with many community
and philanthropic endeavors, has
been designated to receive the 80th
anniversary medal of the Jewish
was little to eat, but the old
man and his wife had a little Theological Seminary of America.
schnapps and told interesting
The medal, in recognition of his
stories. "They revealed hardships "exceptional contributions to the
that we never before realized ex- well-being of the Jewish commun-
isted under Nazi tyranny. The ity and his fellow man," will be
Nazis had stripped his furniture conferred upon him at the semin-
shop, taken his son away."
ary's founders day dinner Sunday
"We didn't know about the ex- evening, at the New York Hilton
tent of the atrocities until we got Hotel. Principal speakers will be
to Germany," Kahn recalls. "My
wife back home knew more of
what was going on against the Beth Moses Slates
Jews than we in the army did." Youth Info Program
That evening, the synagogue was
The youth commission of Cong.
to reopen for Friday night serv-
Moses will sponsor an orien-
ices for the first time since the
occupation by the Germans in June tation meeting 8 p.m. Sunday to
acquaint parents with opportuni-
Kahn doesn't know the name of ties available to their children
the synagogue, but it was prob- through the synagogue's youth
ably the Rothschild Synagogue, in program.
the heart of the Jewish ghetto.
Featured in the program will
"By the time we arrived there, be Rabbi A. Irving Schnipper;
the congregation, which numbered Sam Burnstein, youth commission
approximately 100, was seated and chairman; Stan and Don Skupsky,
the services had gotten under way. advisers for the Senior and Junior
"As we walked down the center United Synagogue Youth; Jean
aisle of the huge building with its Papo, past USY president; Nancye
two balconies on either side, we Farkus, Senior USY president; and
GIs with our steel helmets, rifles Sharon Freedman, Junior USY
slung over our shoulders and hob- president. Besides discussing USY
nailed army shoes, created a sen- and junior congregation, they also
will deal with the scholarship pro-
sation among the congregation."
Their bewilderment gave away gram and youth opportunities for
leadership. A filmstrip, "This Is
to elation, however, when they Your
in USY," will be pre-
learned that these young Ameri- sented, Life
and refreshments will be
can soldiers were of Jewish par- served. All parents
entSge. "They completely forgot munity are invited. of the com-
services were being conducted
and rushed from their pews to
greet us."

They called it the City of Light,1
but when Pvt. Wellington S. Kahn
saw Paris at the close of August
1944, it was just emerging from
four years of darkness.
In some ways—counting the num-
ber of Jews carried away by the
Nazis to their death — it would
never be light again.
Kahn — "Bill" to the folks in
Mikado, Mich., who do business
with Bill Kahn Real Estate—dug
up some old memories In a pile of
letters. They're about all that's
left from his service with the HQ
and HQ Battery of the 49th AAA
Brigade attached to the First Army.
Kahn is a veteran of five cam-
paigns during the European
Theater of Operations — Nor-
mandy, Northern France, Arden-
nes, Rhineland and Central Eu-
rope. The Liberation of Paris is
one of the "happier" moments.
His memory was jogged when
Paramount Pictures sent out an ap-
peal for veterans of the liberation
forces in connection with its film,
"Is Paris Burning?," to premiere
Thursday night at the Music Hall
Paris, for those with a foggy
memory for history, was pinpointed
for destruction by a power-mad
Hitler. Although the city remained
intact through the intervention of
a German general, the Nazi occupa-
tion left its horrible mark.
Kahn and another Michigan man
in his outfit, Stuart Goldfarb of
Jackson, walked through Paris soon
after the liberation by Allied forces
Aug. 25, 1944. They took in the
He added: "No young people
sights like tourists and accepted were to be seen. They had long
the embr ac es of the liberated ago been taken custody by the
French. They could see no Jews.
Stopping at a large street map
Kahn also noticed there was no
to figure out their location. Kahn Tora in the bare synagogue.
and Goldfarb were approached by
After the hour-long service,
an elderly, bearded man who en-
gaged them in conversation. "He Kahn recalls, he and Pvt. Goldfarb
was so startled and happy to see were invited to dine at a Jewish
a soldier of Jewish descent after restaurant. "People who were still
all these years under Nazi rule," afraid to attend synagogue heard
Kahn wrote to his wife, "that we were there, and while we were
he became momentarily speech- escorted from the synagogue they
less. Tears of happiness filled his came out of their homes into the
eyes as he grasped our hands narrow street to literally mob us.
vigorously and expressed gratitude Many an aged grandmother would
for our coming." He, too, was a beg us for a happy greeting and
cheek kiss."
When they arrived at the restau-
In a surge of good will, the old
man took his liberators captive and rant they were again met by small
begged them to go home with him. groups, "wined and dined beyond
His apartment was at the top belief."
of a six-story building. There
Kahn later met a well-to-do Jew-
ish man who had saved his five
sons by paying off the Germans.
"For one son alone, he paid them
These same German occupation
forces circulated counterfeit dol-
lar bills—Kahn has one in his pos-
session—that bore, inside, a pic-
ture of Secretary of the Treasury
Morgenthau and the inscription:
"Jewish money financed the

Edward H. Friedman,

of Colman-Friedman
Agency, Inc.
18141 James Conzens
Detroit, Michigan 48235
Sun Life of America is ex-
tremely proud to announce
that Mr. Edward H. Friedman
has been granted the Char-
tered Life Underwriter
(C.L.U.) Degree by the Ameri-
can College of Life Under-
Mr. Friedman received his
diploma on September 28th
in New Orleans at the annual
conferment dinner of The
American College of Life
Underwriters held in conjunc-
tion with the National Associ-
ation of Life Underwriters'
Annual Meeting.



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Arthur J. Goldberg, United States
ambassador to the United Nations,
and Judge J. Skelly Wright of the
United States Court of Appeals,
District of Columbia Circuit.

Institute of Science and the Amer-
ican ORT Federation. In Detroit,
he has served on the boards of the
Jewish Welfare Federation, Sinai
Hospital, North End Clinic and the
Berry has been active in the Jewish Social Service Bureau.
leadership councils of the seminary
A devoted supporter of Seminary
for many years. He is a member programs, he received that organi-
of its board of overseers, past zation's Louis Marshall Award in
chairman of the national planning 1964 for his dedication to the high
committee and a founder of the principles of Judaism and his
greater seminary. He is president leadership in endeavors that enrich
of Congregation Shaarey Zedek.
the life of the community.
One of America's leading hotel


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Michigan's Great Lakes seacoast,
served by the St. Lawrence Sea-
way, stretches out longer than the
distance from the top of Maine to
Florida's tip.


Berry has been a leader in many
civic and religious endeavors,
locally and nationally, among them
the United Jewish Appeal, Israel
Bond Organization United Service
for New Americans, the Weizmann


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