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January 26, 1968 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-01-26

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Maximum Punishm ent for Nazis Pledged by Kiesinger

BONN (JTA) — Chancellor Kurt
Kiesinger of West Germany as-1
sured the international president
of Bnai Brith, Dr. William Wexler.
that he will do everything in his
power not to permit Nazi war
criminals to go unpunished, even
though the statute of limitations
on their prosecution is scheduled
to go into effect at the end of 1969.1
Chancellor Kiesinger received Dr.
Wexler here Jan. 18.
Dr. Wexler told the Jewish Tele-
graphic Agency later that the Ger-
leader had cited a recent poll
which indicated that the continued
prosecution of Nazi war criminals
was favored by 58 per cent of the
German pepole. and 38 per cent of
the supporters of the right-wing
National Democratic Party. Post-
ponement of the statute of limita-
tions on war crimes would require
legislation by the Bundestag, the
West German lower house.

Earlier, a West German gov-
ernment spokesman told the
Jewish Telegraphic Agency that
Chancellor Kiesinger would not
ask the Constitutional High
Court at Karlsruhe to determine
whether or not the neo-Nazi Na-
tional Democratic Party operat-
ed within the national constitu-
(The government has been con-
cerned about measures to check
the growth of the neo-Nazi organi-
zation which has won seats in six
provincial legislatures. The coali-
tion partners split on proposals to
amend the election laws and it had
been reported that the -chancellor
would seek to have the Karlsruhe
court declare the NPD unconsti-
tutional. The chancellor, however,
is apparently unprepared to take
that course of action.)
LONDON (JTA)—The possibility
of setting back the date when the

ten. Bull Reports to Israelis
on Plans to Free Ships in Suez

foreign ministry received a letter
from Lt. Gen. Odd Bull Monday
night believed to state Egypt's
plans to proceed with clearing the
southern end of the Suez Canal
in order to free 15 merchant ships
stranded there since last June
when the canal was shut down by
the Egyptians. Gen Bull heads the
United Nations' cease-fire observer
corps in the Middle East,
The foreign ministry refused to
disclose the contents of the letter
which is believed to be couched in
general trms. Israel has insisted
that it be informed in detail of
every move the Egyptians intend
to make in the canal. According to
the Egyptian-Israel cease-fire
terms, neither party is permitted
to use the canal without the agree-
ment of the other.
In London, Foreign Minister
Brown told the House of Commons
that he had "very great hopes"
that the four British ships trapped
in the Great Bitter Lake "will be
out in the reasonably near future."
Brown said the government is "in
constant touch with the United
Arab Republic authorities" on the
matter and that the Ambassador
in Cairo has been given a time-
table of the survey work necessary
to clearing the southern end of
the canal.
Gunnar Jarring. Thant's special
Mideast emissary. arrived here
Monday on his sixth visith and con-
sulted for 90 minutes with Foreign
Minister Abba Eban.
Jarring, who came from Am-
man by ear and crossed the bridge
over the Jordan River, went on to
his Cyprus headquarters following
his meeting with Eban.

Official sources had no infor-
mation on the subject of his talks.
It is believed that Jarring's present
efforts are geared to finding points
of contact between Israel and the
Arabs while at the same time
smoothing out differences to re-
duce friction. A main peacemak-
ing attempt is expected of come
at a later stage.

Israel Envoy to UN
Says Jarring Success
Depends on Arabs

—The success of the peace mission
underway in the Middle East on
behalf of the United Nations by
its special emissary, Gunnar Jar-
ring, depends entirely on a "polit-
ical detent and military tranquil-
ity," Ambassador Joseph Tekoah,
Israel's new permanent representa-
tive to the UN, declared here.
Tekoah made the statement at
a reception given him by UN cor-
respondents after he formally pres-
ented his letters of credence to
Secretary General U Thant. He
said the primary problem confront-
ing Jarring's mission involves the
question whether the Arab states
"abandon their policy of warfare
against Israel and decide for peace
—or persist in their present atti-
"As long as they (the Arab
states) turn their backs on peace.
they refuse to negotiate, their re-
fusal to talk to Israel is not obvi-
ously an objection to a particular
method, but to the goal to which
it should lead—peace. When they
accept the goal, the question of
method will resolve itself," he

Survey Shows Lack of Uniform Policy
on Status of Children of Intermarried

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

NEW YORK (JTA)—The Jewish
Reconstructionist Foundation has
completed a survey of 137 Reform
and Conservative rabbis which in-
dicates that no consistent policy is
followed—and considerable con-
fusion exists—in determining the
religious status of children of
Jewish mixed marriages in which
the mother is non-Jewish.
The survey, appearing in the
current issue of Reconstructionist,
was prompted by recent disclo-
sures that from 12 to 20 per cent
of Jews in different parts of the
United States engaged in mixed
marriages and that in about 70
per cent of such cases. the male
marriage partner is the Jew.
According to traditional Jewish
law, the children of these mar-
riages are not considered Jewish.
They are usually informed of that
fact at the time of their Bar Mitzva
or confirmation and "such revela-
tions can have tragic and emotion-
ally disturbing consequences," The
Reconstructionist said.
According to its survey, pre-

pared by Benjamin William
Melman, a New York attorney,
a majority of the Conservative
rabbis responding insisted that
these children undergo conver-
sion ceremonies, including cir-
cumcision or symbolic blood
letting and ritual immersion. But
a third of the Conservative rab-
bis made no such demand and
insisted only that the children be
given a Jewish education and
that the parents be affiliated
with a synagogue.
The overwhelming percentage of
Reform rabbis agreed with the
!latter procedure and required that
the children be educated in a re-
ligious school and undergo Bar
Mitzva or confirmation.

The survey disclosed that a - sig-
nificant number" of children of
mixed marriages attended Jewish
religious schools and that a ma-
jority of the mothers had convert-
ed to Judaism before marriage.

June graduates are already find-
ing out that they have to do
their-own growing up.

Dutch Unit Asks UN Aid to Jews in Arab Lands

The appeal was made to Foreign
therlands delegation to the United Minister Dr. Joseph Luns, by the
Nations was urged to intervene at executive of WIZO, the Women's
the world body for action on behalf
Zionist Organization in the Nether-
of Jews imprisoned and persecuted
in Arab countries since last June's lands, on behalf of its 2,300 mem-
Arab-Israeli war.

statute of limitations on the prose-
cution of Nazi war criminals goes
into effect and the rising political
power of extreme right wing
parties in the West German Fed-
eral Republic were topics dis-
cussed by a delegation represent- 18—Friday, January 26, 1968
ing the Anglo-Jewish Association
which visited the German Em-
bassy here. The delegation was
received by the charge d'affaires
in the absence of th eambassador,
who is in Bonn.
The delegation was headed by
Suits • Overcoats • Slacks • Sportcoats
Seymour Harrison, chairman of
the AJA's external affairs com-
mittee. It included Robert Car-
valho , Mrs. Frances Reubens and
A. I. Polack, education officer of
the Council of Christians and Jews.
The statute of limitations on war
Open Thursday to 9 p.m.
crimes is sched Sri to go into
effect on Dec. 31, 1969.







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