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November 25, 1966 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-11-25

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8 Friday, November 25, 1966


Write Series on 20th Century Jewry

The publication of a series of books dealing with Jewish life
in the 20th Century — said by the publisher to be one of the out-
standing events in its publishing history — will be undertaken by
Random House, Inc., and Prof. Moshe Davis (right), head of the
Institute of Contemporary Jewry of the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem. Prof Davis will serve as general editor. With him here
is Yehuda Bauer, a director of the Oral Documentation Center at
the Hebrew University, who will write a volume on the achievement
of the Briha, an underground organization which directed the post-
Holocaust rescue of Jews from Eastern and Central Europe.

U.S. Census Bureau Drops Plan •
for Religious Queries in 1970

WASHINGTON, (JTA) — The , sidered such questions for the
Bureau of Census has announced ! census, replies for which would
officially that it would not include have been mandatory, but a num-
any questions on religion in the ber of Jewish organizations, in-
next decennial population survey eluding the American Jewish Corn-
to be made in 1970. mittee and the American Jewish
The bureau had originally con- Congress, lodged strong objections
to the proposal.

Brazil Jews Report

In announcing the decision not
to include questions on religion in
azi Colony There the regular census, A. Ross Eckler,
, director of the bureau, said that
RIO DE JANIERO, (JTA)—A numerous proposals for a question
Nazi center, comprising emigres on church affiliation or preference
of the Hitler regime, is active in had been rejected because "a sub-
the Brazilian province of Santa stantial number of persons again
Catarina, it was disclosed here expressed an extremely strong
by the executive of the Confedera- belief that asking such a question
tion of Jewish Communities in would infringe upon the traditional
Brazil. separation of church and state."
Headquarters of the center is
Eckler suggested, however, that
1 ocated on an estate belonging to
some form of question on religious
former Germans.
Most of the inhabitants of the preference or affiliation be added
province are immigrants who at some point during one of the
came from Germany and settled bureau's interim surveys. "In such
there after the Second World War. a survey," he noted, "response
The report said that a number of would be voluntary."
Nazis active in the center are
wanted by the West German
authorities for a variety of crimes. Rockwell Accepts New Bid
The Confederation of Jewish
Communities sent a sharp letter to Speak at Brown U.
of protest to Linia C, an Italian
shipping company which an- newly formed campus group an-
nounced that it was terminating its nounced Sunday that George Rock-
arrangement to act as agent in well, the Nazi Party leader, will
Brazil for the Zim-Israel Naviga- speak at Brown University on Nov.
tion Co. after yielding to pressure 30 at its invitation. An earlier
exerted by the Arab boycott office. student invitation to the Nazi was
In its letter of protest, the Con- canceled under university admin-
federation warned that the Linia istration pressure.
C line, which has many Jewish
S. C. Visher, a spokesman for
customers, would sustain more
"Open Mind," said the group had
loss from yeilding to the Arab decided to sponsor a Rockwell
boycott than it would have if it appearance because of student
had not terminated the arrange- "resentment" over the cancella-
ment with Zim.
tion. Rockwell accepted an invita-
tion to speak on that date at
The largest satellite is Saturn's alumni hall of Pembroke College,
sixth and the smallest is Mars' out- a women's affiliate of Brown Uni-
er "moon." versity.


Intellectuals Join in Appeal for World Boycott
of West German Anti-Semitic Passion Play

NEW YORK (JTA)—An appeal
for a world boycott of West Ger-
many's Oberammergau Passion
Play, to protest a refusal by the
village players to discard their
"intensely anti-Semitic text," was
endorsed here by 11 leading au-
thors, poets and other cultural per-
They joined with the American
Jewish Congress in that appeal at
a press conference in which they
declared that "the teachings of the
Vatican Council seemingly have
been lost on the residents of
The villagers, who are the play-
ers and sponsors of the Passion
Play, presented every 10 years,
rejected last month proposed
alternatives to the present script
which portrays the Jewish people
as the killers of Jesus.
The 11 cultural leaders were
Jacob Glatstein, the Yiddish poet
and novelist; critic Irving Howe;
novelist Leslie Fiedler; critic Al-
fred Kazan; poet Nobel Laureate
Stanley Kunitz; Arthur Miller,
Nobel Laureate in drama; Maurice
Samuel; critic Lionel Trilling;
actor Eli Wallach; novelist Elie
Wiesel; and Theodore Bikel, the
Bikel joined with Dr. Joachim
Prinz, chairman of the AJCongress
commission on international af-
fairs, in issuing the statement
which was co-signed by the other
10 personalities.
The statement added that the
Oberammergau villagers re-
mained as prejudiced as they
were "throughout the Hitler
era," and that their position
raised questions about the claini
there was now "a new Germany
with a new spiritual and in-
tellectual atmosphere."
Dr. Prinz said invitations were
being sent to leading writers,
dramatists and performing artists
in Germany and other countries,
asking them to join the appeal for
the boycott. The signers denounced
the "apparently unconquerable
bigotry" of the villagers in refus-
ing to discard "discredited canards
against the Jewish people."
The Passion Play has been using
since 1860 a text by J. A. Daisen-
berger. Rehearsals for the 1970
performances are scheduled to
begin soon in the Bavarian village
Last Oct. 15, the villagers said
they had rejected a recently-found
text written in 1750 by a Bene-
dictine monk because it "avoids
restating the charge of collective
deicide against world Jewry.
Hans Schwaighofer, the play's
director, thereupon resigned. The
recent statement applauded his

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

LONDON— A Jewish producer
who said that he would go ahead
with plans to stage an adaptation
of the Passion Play in Britain de-
spite sharp criticism from Jewish
organizations, asserted Tuesday
that "as a Jew," his participation
would "insure" that the perform-
ance would not contain "anything
to offend Jews."
Philip Solomon, the producer,
said he was distressed over a



formal statement of the Board of
Deputies of British Jews which ,
urged Jews to have nothing to do
with the planned presentation. The
adaptation will open in Manches-
ter Feb. 28 and will be performed
also in Dublin and Glasgow. 1
As a result of the Board of De-
puties denunciation, Brian Ep-
stein's company, NEMS Enter-
prises, with which Solomon and
Vic Lewis were associated, said
it had withdrawn as agents for
production of the play in Britain
and in the United States.
Solomon said he "quite under-
stood" Epstein's decision to
cease to act as agent for the
producers, but that, as a Jew "I
feel that by retaining my inter-
ests in the production I can in-
sure that it does not contain
anything likely to offend other
The board of deputies resolution
included the phrase that the board
"respects the rights of all religious
communities to present their lore
and tradition in dramatic form."
It was made clear by the board
that it will have no further corn-
munication with promoters in Bri-
tain who are producing the Pas-
sion Play.
(Despite the protests of Jewish
organizations against the Passion
Play in Oberammergau, an over-
whelming majority of the citizens

of the German town rejected any
change in the play's text, it was
reported. The rejection came after
a "so-called" poll was conducted
in Oberammergau.)

Israel's Garment Exports
Israel's garment industry last
year exported a total of S16,000,-
000 in garments and accessory
merchandise, most of which was
sold to the United States. Canada,
Mexico, Western Europe, Scandina-
via and Australia.

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