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April 05, 1968 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-04-05

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Friday, April 5, 1968 15


Special Kaddish Recited for Zackheim;
Community Tributes for Noted Scholar

A special kaddish was recited all
of this week, during the daily serv-
ices at the Shaarey Zedek, in trib-
ute to the memory of Maurice
Zackheim, a former president of
the congregation who died last Sa-
turday morning at the age of 88.
Rabbi Irwin Groner, in his eu-
logy Sunday afternoon, at funeral
services at Kaufman Chapel, told
of specific honors accorded the
deceased, of the Zackheim Library

ical subjects before these and oth-
er groups.
One of the country's most dis-
tinguished scholars, he commenced
his activities in this country as a
Hebrew teacher, and one of his
pupils was the late Dr. Abba Hillel
Silver. Upon coming to Detroit
he taught school here, then became
a pharmacist, later entering the in-
surance business.
He was an active leader in the
formation of the Keren Hayesod
campaigns here with the late Dr.
A. M. Hershman and other con-
temporaries and his scholarship
won for him countrywide recog-
See Commentary Page 2

Israel, Jewish Agency
to Share Absorption


Fund at Shaarey Zedek, the nahla
that is being established in his
memory in Israel and the forest
to be planted in Israel by the Jew-
ish National Fund.
Cantor J. H. Sonenklar, who for
more than 30 years was associated
with Mr. Zackheim in Zionist and
congregational causes, recited spe-
cial prayers for the deceased.
Mr. Zackheim is survived by his
son, Dr. Hershel Zackheim, and
three grandsons, who now reside
in California.
Besides his presidency of Shaar-
ey Zedek, Mr. Zackheim served as
president of the United Hebrew
Schools, the Zionist Organization of
Detroit and headed the Hebrew
schools' board of education and
numerous other major causes.
A dedicated Zionist, one of
his major interests was the Jew-
ish National Fund.
He was a leader in the old Has-
kala Society and in the Philosoph-
ical Society and on numerous oc-
casions delivered papers on histor-

Doubleday to Publish
Levi's 'The Assassin'

Uri Levi's "The Assassin" will
be published by Doubleday on
April 19.
Levi, whose stories, poems and
translations have appeared in He-
brew, is a free-lance translator
and a student of Semitic philology.
In his "The Assassin," a man
awakens one day with the realiza-
tion that his life is totally meaning-
less. He is nameless and faceless;
lost in a complex society, and im-
prisoned by his own skin. This hor-
ror is compounded by insomnia
and recurring fantasies of being
guillotined. He is hypnotized by
the sound of his head falling into
the basket. Eventually all the peo-
ple he has known are decapitated.
He must escape this nightmare—
but how?
His assistant is an arrogant and
opinionated climber. He complains
at lunch one day that the visiting
dignitary from an unfriendly cold
war country should be mercilessly
butchered. The anti-hero decides
here is the course his life must
take; he will become a man of
consequence, a man of action. He
will murder the premier. His mad.
ness will make him. "The As-
Although he finds himself glori-
fied as his nation's super-patriot,
he has yet to come to grips with
his nothingness. His life is now a
delineation of the absurdity of mis-
placed political enthusiasms,

ernment acceptance of a plan to
allocate responsibility for the ab-
sorption of new immigrants be-
tween the Jewish Agency and the
government was predicted by
members of the Jewish Agency
Executive following a meeting
They said that three cabinet
members at a joint agency-gov-
ernment conference supported the
plan proposed by Jewish Agency
chairman Aryeh L. Pincus.
Only one, Labor Minister Yigal
Alon, was reported to have dis-
sented and demanded that the
government take over a absorption
activities in full.
According to the Pincus plan,
absorption would be divided into
two phases. The initial phase,
which would remain the respon-
sibility of the Jewish Agency, in-
cludes the reception of immigrants
at the ports of entry, Hebrew lan-
guage studies for the newcomers,
initial financial assistance and the
procurement of housing, either
flats or dwellings at an agricul-
tural settlement. The later phases
to be the sole responsibility of
the government, would cover em-
ployment, education, health and
social services.
The broad lines in those fields
would be laid down by the gov-
ernment-Jewish Agency joint au-
thority on immigration and absorp-

Israeli Plans to Walk
Across United States;
Searching for Sponsor


(Copyright 1968, JTA Inc.)

NEW YORK — Shaul Ladany
is an Israeli who hopes to walk
from New York City to Mexico
City by way of San Francisco.
Ladany, 32, who comes from Jer-
usalem, attends Columbia Uni-
versity's graduate school. He is
also a- race-walker — a distance
walker who hopes to prove it
by walking from New York to
San Francisco in 55 days.
If he does it, it will set a new
record. The present mark is 66
days. However, Ladany needs a
sponsor. "I need somebody to go
along with me and feed me as I
walk across the country," he said.
In San Francisco, Ladany will
participate in the U.S. Olympic
trials. He hopes to convince Is-
raeli officials that he will make
a good showing in Mexico City. "I
must prove by competitive times
I will be in the top four or five.
Fifteenth is not good enough," said
the bearded Ladany.
Shaul grew the beard last year
when he went back to Israel to
serve as an artillery officer in
the Six-Day War. If he doesn't
make it to San Francisco, there
will be no Mexico City for
"Israel will not pay my ex-
penses to get to San Francisco
but I have to be there to walk
against the Americans. Then if
my times are good enough, Israel
will send me to Mexico City. My
entire Olympic career depends on
whether I get a sponsor," he said.

`Frank Case' Book Reviews South's Tragic Reaction

Fifty-three years ago a Jewish
factory superintendent was lynch-
ed in Georgia for allegedly mur-
dering a young girl. In "The Leo
Frank Case," to be published April
29 by Columbia University Press,
Leonard Dinnerstein reassesses the
evidence and analyzes the conflict-
ing social forces which set the
stage for "one of the most lurid
displays of intolerance in the Pro-
gressive Era."
' Mary Phagan, a 13-year-old
worker in Leo Frank's pencil fac-
tory, was killed in Atlanta on Con-
federate Memorial Day, 1913. At-
lanta's white working classes saw
the murder as a symbol of their
suffering in the squalid factories
and slums of the industrializing
city, the author shows. Aroused by
the sensationalist local press, com-
munity hysteria and rage soon
focused on Frank as a prime sus-
pect since he was a Northerner, a
capitalist and Jewish—"the per-
sonification of urban perfidy."
The case was catapulted into an
"American Dreyfus" affair after
Frank was convicted and sentenced
to hang. Dinnerstein says that "to-
day's courts would not consider
Frank's trial in accord with due
process of law." He feels that re-
evaluation of the evidence con-
vincingly shows Frank's innocence.
Dinnerstein describes the denial
of numerous appeals for a retrial,
the decision of Georgia's governor

to commute the sentence to life
imprisonment and the kidnaping
and lynching of Frank in 1915 by
a group representing the "best
citizens" of Mary Phagan's home
town. The author sees the Frank
case as an incident which "threw
into dramatic relief the pressures,
the frustrations, and the realities
of the South's struggle to adjust
to new ideas while still reluctant

to part with the old."
Assistant professor of history at
Fairleigh Dickinson University,
Leonard Dinnerstein has taught at
the senior colleges of the City
University of New York and at the
New York Institute of Technology.
He received his PhD from Colum-
bia University and has written a
number of articles on American




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