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March 10, 1967 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-03-10

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8—Friday, March 10, 1967

Norman Drachler Named Superintendent of Detroit Public School System

Wiesel to Give
Hass Memorial
Talk Wednesday

Acting Superintendent Norman
Drachler Tuesday became Super-
intendent of Detroit Public Schools
by unanimous decision of the
Board of Education. At a special
meeting, the board entered into a
four-year contract with Superin-
tendent Drachler.
On July 26, 1966, the board had
approved the promotion of Dr.
Drachler to Deputy and named him
acting superin-
tendent, effective
Sept. 1, 1966. He
has carried on
the full responsi-
bility for the De-
troit Public
Schools since the
departure of Dr.
Samuel M. Brow-
nell who had
been Detroit su-
perintendent for Drachler
the previous ten years.
"Dr. Drachler has demonstrated
great educational leadership while
serving as Acting Superintendent.
His thorough knowledge of the
complex operation of our public
schools and his ability to accept
the heavy responsibilities of this
temporary assignment have reveal-
ed to the entire community his out-
standing qualifications and skills
in administering the affairs of the
Detroit Public Schools. He shares
with the Board a determination to
provide equal opportunities for
quality education for all children
of the City of Detroit," said Mrs.
Gladys F. Canty, chairman of the
Board's personnel committee.
The board said that it had inter-
viewed more than 40 candidates in-
cluding some of the nation's finest
school administrators during its
1965-66 year of search for a new

Prize-winning author Elie Wiesel
will deliver the annual Daniel M.
Hass Memorial Lecture of Temple
Israel at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, at
the Temple.
Wiesel, whose powerful novels,
"The Town Beyond the Wall," "The
Gates of the Forest" and "The
Jews of Silence" have become best
sellers, will speak on the subject
"Accessory to Crime."
The Nazi holocaust, which pre-
dominates in Wiesel's novels, and
the treatment of the problem of
genocide as a major world concern
will be treated in Wiesel's address
Hungarian-born Wiesel was de-
ported as a child to Auschwitz dur-
ing World War II, and after libera-
tion made his way to Paris where
he began writing.
Among his many honors are the
1964 Prix Rivarol, the Harry and
Ethel Daroff Memorial Fiction
Award of the Jewish Book Council
and the Jewish Heritage Award..
The Hass lecture will be Wiesel's
first speaking engagement in the
Detroit area.
Morris Garvett will preside at
the Wiesel lecture.
The lecture, named for Daniel
Michael Hass, is maintained by a
fund established at the temple to
honor his memory. Daniel Hass was
an honor student at Tulane Univer-
sity, winner of the Mildred Simons
Youth Award of the League of Jew-
ish Women's Organizations and a
president of the Temple Israel
Youth Group.
The lecture honoring his memory
is open to the public. There is no
admission charge.

Carlos Israels Named
President of HIAS


(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)
NEW YORK — Carlos L.

raels, a leader in philanthropic ac-
tivities for more than 30 years,
was elected president of United
HIAS Service, the worldwide
Jewish migration agency.
Author, lecturer on corporate
and financial law, and adjunct pro-
fessor of law at Columbia Univer-
sity, Israels was previously presi-
dent of United HIAS in 1958-59 and
has been associate chairman of the
board since then. He succeeds Mur-
ray I. Gurfein, who served as pre-
sident since 1960. Gurfein was
elected chairman of the executive
The United HIAS leader is active
in many civic, professional and
philanthropic organizations. He is
a "founder" and member of the
executive committee of the New
York UJA; a member of the board
of directors of JDC; and a director
and treasurer of the Council of
Jewish Federations and Welfare


superintendent. They decided that
the best qualified candidate was
on its own Detroit staff.
Dr. Drachler, in accepting the
superintendency, said, "On all sides
people speak about the 'deficits' of
our children. We certainj.y must
understand these shortcomings but
what is more important is the fact
that all of our children have many
strengths. Let us build our pro-
gram on the strengths of our chil-
dren and move forward to the ful-
fillment of our goal. Let us seek
new insights that will raise our
visions, broaden our horizons, and
increase our discontent. We owe
this to our children and to our-
A veteran Detroit educator,' Su-
perintendent Drachler has been a
part of the Detroit Public Schools
since his student days at Central
High School. He was a Detroit
teacher, assistant principal, prin-
cipal and an assistant superinten-
He became well known in 1958
both in Detroit and across the
country for his work with the Citi-
zens Advisory Committee on School
Needs. He was selected to head up
that study, the first massive school
study effort for any major city in
the country.
In 1959 he was promoted to exe-
cutive administrative assistant of
the newly created Division of
School Relations and Special Ser-
vices—another first in school ad-
ministration. In 1960 he was named
assistant superintendent of this
Other large city school systems
such as Denver and Kansas City
have engaged him as consultant for
school studies similar to the CAC
1958 report. He also has served as

Knesset Asks All Nations to Adopt
Laws Banning Swastika in Public

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

JERUSALEM — Israel's parlia-
ment approved Monday night a
motion appealing to all nations to
adopt laws banning public use of
The swastika 'in any form. The
proposal will now be sent to all
nations with which Israel has rela-
The motion, made by Herut
leader Menahem Beigin, was
adopted after the Knesset foreign
affairs and security committee
submitted a report urging a 11
peoples who had suffered from
Nazism to maintain a constant
alertness against any recurrence
of neo-Nazism so that the holo-
caust "which swept over our gen-
eration" should never recur. The
report was placed on the Knesset
agenda on a motion by Mapf.,...2
Deputy Mrs. E. Talmi after For-
eign Minister Abba Eban spoke
on the question. The committee's
conclusions are now part of the
Knesset's official record.
The committee in effect rejected
Eban's view that there should not
be an exaggeration of the sig-
nificance of the electoral victories
last November by the extremist
National Democratic Party in
elections in the West German
states of Bavaria and Hesse.
The committee declared, on
that point, that "Historical ex-
perience shows that calls not to
overestimate this danger tends
to lull public opinion. The elec-
tions in the two states prove
this is a real danger which may
increase." The NPD won parlia-
mentary seats for the first time
in those elections.
The committee, in calling on
parliaments throughout the world
to bar the swastika, said that the
emblem, the symbol of Nazi Ger-
many, "which committed the most
terrible of crimes — genocide —

is identified by peoples with
abominable crimes against human-
ity and its hoisting is therefore
tantamount to public incitement
to commit such crimes."
In London, a resolution calling
on the West German government
and the Social Democratic Party
in Germany to combat the dangers
of rising neo-Nazism in that coun-
try was adopted at the annual
conference of the British Poale
(The resolution, which referred
to the fact that the Social Demo-
cratic Party there is now part of
the Bonn government- coalition,
urged both the party and the gov-
ernment "to prosecute with vigor
a policy in defense of democracy
and freedom in West Germany,
and to stem the advance of neo-
Fascist ideas which are a danger
to the whole free world."
(The resolution was adopted
after the conference heard a report
showing the headway being made
in German state elections in re-
cent months by the neo-Nazi Na-
tional Democratic Party.)

Newhouse Purchases
Another Newspaper

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland
Plain Dealer, Ohio's largest news-
papers, has been purchased by
Samuel I. Newhouse of New York,
it was announced by Thomas Vail,
editor and publisher of the paper.
The eldest of eight children of
Russian immigrant parents, New-
house left school at age 12 and
worked his way up from a $2-a-
week office boy to his present posi-
tion of awning 16 newspapers and
shares in two others. He is now 72.
The price paid for the Plain Deal-
er was estimated at $50 million,
which is believed to be the largest
sum ever paid for a newspaper.





consultant to the U. S. Office of
Education on Title IV of the Civil
Rights Act. On the state level he
helped develop and write "Suggest-
ed Guidelines for Providing for
the Maximal Education of Children
of All Races and Creeds in the
Schools of Michigan." He served,
too, on the state committee writing
guidelines for Michigan's Released
Time Bill.
Widely noted as an outstanding
speaker, Superintendent Drachler
has addressed many audiences on
de facto segregation, treatment of
minority groups in textbooks, and
the implications of federal educa-
tion legislation on relationships be-
tween public and parochial schools.
He ,served for 15 years as direc-
tor of religious education of Temple
Beth El. Former president of the
National Association of Temple
Educators, Dr. Drachler was a
member of the governing board of
the National Commission on Edu-
cation, Anti-Defamation League,
and American Association for Jew-
ish Education. He was a member
of President Eisenhower's 1960
White House Conference on Edu-
cation of Children and Youth.
Dr. Drachler is a member of the
American Association of School
Administrators and several other

professional groups and the De-
troit Economic Club.
Born in Europe in 1912, he came
to the United States at the age of
10., He lived for a few years in
New York, attending elementary
school there. His high school years
were in Detroit and he received
his B.A. from Wayne State Uni-
versity in 1936, his M.A. from the
same school in 1939, and his Ph.D.
from the University of Michigan
in 1951.
Dr. and Mrs. Drachler make their
home on Littlefield. They are par-
ents of a son and two daughters—
all now in college. David is com-
pleting medical school at the Uni-
versity of Michigan; Judith a sen-
ior at Brandeis College; and Ruth
in her first year at Michigan State
University. Mrs. Drachler is a De-
troit kindergarten teacher.
The four year contract calls for
a salary of $35,000 for the first
year, $37,000 for the second year,
and $39,000 for the third year.



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