Miraculous Feat of Russian Jew
IDesCribed in APN Writer's Report
Novosti Press Agency (APN), the official USSR news service,
this week released to The Jewish News the text of an interview its
correspondent, Igor Tverskoy, had with the 46-year-old World War II
veteran, Tevje Raiz, who risked his life in a fierce battle with Hitler
forces in 1943. At that time, the APN correspondent explains, Alexan-
der Matrosov stopped up the firing port of an enemy machine gun
with his body. He saved his comrades-in-arms by sacrificing himself.
The APN report states: "For millions of Soviet people Matrosov's
name has become a symbol of heroism. It has become known that
during the last war 170 Soviet soldiers of various nationalities had
performed the same feat. Three of them had survived. Among those
miraculously- alive is Tevje Raiz, a Jew, who lives in Moscow."
Tverskoy's report of his visit with Raiz follows:
A half hour's subway ride, plus
a few stops by bus past blocks of merit. The grenades and cartridges
newly built tall houses took ma had all run out.
from the center to Ochakov, one
"I thought of all the evil the
of the numerous residential neigh-
Hitlerites had done to
borhoods of Mos-
people and of the innocent blood
cow. I found the
they had spilt. I was overcome by
fury. This was when I stood up-
climbed to the
right and rushed at the machine-
third floor and
gun firing port. What happened
rang the bell.
I don't remember, for I only
The door was
came to in a hospital in Kaunas."
opened by Tevje
"You probably want to know
Raiz, a thinnish
what followed," said Tevje Raiz.
man of medium
He took a time-yellowed letter out
of his desk. "This was sent to me
I was introduc-
by the command, when I was in
ed to his wife
and their 16-year-old son Boris, hospital."
"We were glad to learn," the
an eighth-grade pupil.
"Our eldest, Leonid, is in the letter began, "that you remained
army," said Tevje, pointing to a alive after your heroic exploit,
when you stopped up with your
portrait on the wall.
breast the firing port of a Ger-
"I was born in Kremenets in man machine gun that was hold-
Ternopol Region," he went on. ing up the advance of our sub-
"My father was a bookkeeper. He unit.
died in 1933. I lived with my
"The soldiers who removed
mother and sister in a small town you from the firing port and
and worked as a dental technician. guards p l a t o o n commander
I was called up as soon as the Lieutenant SYubayev who dress-
war began. Later I learned that ed your wounds, all said that
my mother and sister had been your wounds were fatal. Fortun-
evacuated, but the road had been ately they were wrong.
cut off by German troops, so they
"We wish you, a guards hero,
returned to the town, where to-
a speedy recovery, restoration
gether with 16,000 Jews from of your strength and energy, so
Kremenets they were tortured to
you could continue destroying
death by the Hitlerites in aban- the cursed Hitlerites."
doned coal mines . . ."
Tevje Raiz was in hospital for
The soldier's life in the army eight months. The physicians put
was a hard one. Death often star- him back on his feet, but could
ed Senior Sergeant Tevje Raiz in not save his right arm, which re-
the eye. He will never forget the mained paralyzed.
gloomy autumn morning of Oct.
For about 20 years now Tevje
17, 1944. The guards unit in which Raiz has been working as a tech-
he served was approaching the nologist at the Moscow factory of
border of East Prussia. At day- medical equipment. He is respect-
break, after artillery preparation, ed by the whole personnel of the
Soviet troops, having forced the factory.
Scherbint River, engaged in fierce
For his exploit Tevje Raiz has
battle with the heavily fortified been decorated with a high state
enemy on the opposite bank.
"Our way was barred by Ger-
man machine guns," continued
Tevje Raiz. "They were positioned Captured Fugitive Says
on a commanding height. Battalion Bormann in Paraguay
commander Captain Setesenko set
PARIS—New reports that Hitler
the rifle detachment that I com- aide Martin Bormann is in Para-
manded the task of wiping out guay were printed in the Jornal do
the fortified fire emplacements of Brazil, quoting Detlev Sonnenburg,
a captured fugitive.
Sonnenburg, 43, was wanted by
"There were seven of us. Taking
along grenades and cartridge police in several countries for
disks, we crawled to the German fraud and robbery. When arrested
positions. Hand grenades disposed in a monastery in Recife, Brazil,
of two machine guns. But the third where he sought lodging as "Fa-
one that was some distance away ther Adolph," Sonnenburg w a s
from them continued firing. My mistaken for Bormann.
He claims Bormann is in Para-
men were picked off one by one.
Finally it was the turn of Nikolai guay disguised by plastic surgery,
Makhonin and Nikolai Yakovlev. I and so is another war criminal,
was left by myself within a few death camp physician Dr. Joseph
meters of the fascist gun emplace- Mengele.
JWV Commander Says
Arabs Emulating Cong;
Asks for U.S. Position
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, January 13, 1967-11
Bloch Publishes Elfenbein Essays
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Pointing
Shortly before his death, Dr. Is-
A variety of topics dealing with
out that they support administra- rael Elfenbein, noted scholar and major subjects of Jewish interest
tion policies in Vietnam, the Jew- an eminent rabbi, had selected a mark this compilation.
number of his sermons, essays and
Commencing with the basic ques-
ish War Veterans of the USA special articles to be readied for tions on the synagogue, dealing,
asked Secretary of State Dean publication in a book. His widow, with the needs of the house of wor-
Rusk to clarify the U.S. position Etta Hurwitz Elfenbein, asked ship, its functions, its future, the
on pro-Communist Arab extremist Abraham Burstein to edit the Elfenbein collection includes ar-
manuscripts and they are now ticles on education, the teachings
elements seeking to turn Israel
available in book form, under the of Rashi, Maimonides and others
"into another Vietnam."
title, "The American Synagogue as well as outstanding examples
The request for an up-to-date as a Leavening Force in Jewish of Responsa, and there are tributes
_clarification of American policy on Life," which has been published to the late Chief Rabbis Kook, Her-
zog and Sonnenfeld.
Arab terrorism was made in a
letter by JWV National Commander
Malcolm A. Tarlov. He said the
Arabs were emulating the Viet
Cong in new tactics now emerging.
He indicated that vigilance is es-
sential in the Near East at a time
when Americans are fighting simi-
By JAMES A. MICHENER
lar aggression in Vietnam.
"Since the momentum of Arab
terrorist provocations, against both
Israel and the established govern-
ment of Jordan, appears to be in-
creasing, we feel it is timely for
the United States government to
make clear its position," he stated.
Citing a danger of escalation, Corn-
mander Tarlov said: "We feel that
Arab fanatics may miscalculate
the American attitude because of
the recent United States-supported
United Nations expression that
pertained only to the Israeli re-
sponse to such provocations."
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