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April 12, 1968 - Image 55

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-04-12

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Friday, April 12, 1968-55

Boris Smolar's

'Between You
..and Me'

(Copyright 1968, JTA Inc.)
THE EDUCATIONAL FRONT: You may think that Yiddish is a dying
language in the United States . . . But Coluinbia University—one of the
best universities in the country—has a different opinion .. Visit any
high school in New York and you can see a poster from Columbia
University announcing the opening by the university this summer of an
intensive eight-week course in Yiddish for high school students . . .
This course is offered by Columbia in cooperation with the VIVO
Institute for Jewish Research which is one of the major pillars of
Yiddish scholarship in this country . . . The New York City ,Board of
Education is strongly encouraging this Columbia project which will be
known as the Uriel Weinreich Yiddish Language Program, carrying
the name of the young Columbia professor who died recently . .. The
course will open on July 1 and is being sponsored by the Atran
Foundation which is promoting Yiddish cultural projects. It is limited
to high school students entering the twelfth grade .. . The application
of each of these students must bear the endorsement of the high school
principal and the signature of the student's parent . . . The tuition is
$100 for the entire summer course; there are a number of scholarships
available . . . The course is an elementary one, assuming that the
student had no prior instruction in Yiddish, and is open to non-Jewish
students as well as to Jewish . . . The program is equal approximately
to a one-year college course and includes daily classroom instruction,
special afternoon sessions for such events as seminars, lectures and
visits to institutions . . . There are substantial numbers of students
already seeking admission . . . A remarkable thing about these early
applicants is that they come from high schools which enjoy the highest
CHARTER FOR YIVO: The Columbia University project is perhaps the
first experiment by a university to introduce courses in Yiddish for
high school students . . . It has been inspired by the YIVO Institute
and is connected with the development of a YIVO Center for Advanced
Jewish Studies which is to receive its charter from the Board of
Regents of the State of New York . . . In granting the charter, the
Board of Regents recognizes the YIVO as an American institution
engaged in research in all phases of social sciences and humanities
that are related to Jewish life, past and present, in the United States
and the world over . . . Under the charter, the YIVO Center will be
in a position to issue diplomas recognized by American colleges and
universities . . . It will collaborate with colleges and universities
throughout the country by preparing programs, syllabi, research
material and the like for graduate studies in the fields of social sciences
and humanities that are related to Jewish life . . . It will also offer
general courses in the furtherance of greater knowledge in the above
fields . . . Active in organizing the YIVO Center for Advanced Jewish
Studies is Dr. Judah J. Shapiro, well-known figure in Jewish communal
am i al.!2national life who was formerly the head of the Bnai Brith
Hillel Foundatioiig, and of the National Foundation for Jewish Culture
. . . The center will put the YIVO on the map as making another
important effort in the direction of strengthening Jewish cultural life
in this country.
STRUGGLE FOR FUNDS: In its quiet way, the YIVO is contributing
to the strengthening of Jewish heritage and identity in the United
States perhaps more than some of the Jewish groups and institutions
which have sufficient funds and the publicity machinery to bring each
of their moves to the attention of the public . . . The YIVO is, unfor-
tunately, always struggling for funds to meet the costs of its projects
. • . This is the case even with maintaining the Columbia project . . .
It is especially the case now with the wonderful YIVO project of
maintaining courses in Yiddish literature for teachers in "the New
York Public School system • . . It is no secret that the more than
20,000 of Jewish teachers in the New York public schools, who mold
the minds and the characters of hundreds of thousands of Jewish
pupils, have themselves little or no Jewish education . . . For the last
two years the YIVO has been presented courses in Yiddish language
to these American-born teachers . . . These courses have been a
tremendous success and have even been accredited by the Board of
Education of the City of New York . . . Everything would speak in
favor of expanding these courses since thousands of teachers have
been turned away because of budgetary needs . . . But the YIVO lacks
the necessary funds to maintain the courses to which 500 teachers
have been admitted . . . YIVO gets its income primarily from private
contributions and from Jewish federations and welfare funds. All that
the welfare funds throughout the country contributed during 1967 is
about $45,000; with the New York Federation—the largest in the
country—contributing nothing . . . With allocations for Jewish educa-
tion now increasing in practically all Jewish communities, it is to be
hoped that the YIVO which has no fund-raising machinery—will also

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Splendid Story
of Mark Twain

Quoting from "The Adventures
of Tom Sawyer," written by Mark
Twain 1876, James Playsted Wood
took from it the title "Spunk-
water, Spunkwater!" for his biog-
raphy of Mark Twain published by
Pantheon Books, a Random House
division. The quotation reads:
Barley-corn, Barley-corn, injun-
meal shorts,
Spunk-water, spunk-water, small-
er these warts !
While Wood's story is for teen-
age readers, his informative biog-
raphy of Samuel Langhorne Clem-
ens (1835-1910) will thrill adult
readers as well.
It is filled with
anecdotes, all de-
tails about Mark
Twain, his ex-
periences as a
writer, boatman
during which
he acquired the
pseudonym, i n -
vestor in a type
machine that led
him into near
bankruptcy e x-
cept that he paid
Mark Twain up all his debts.
It is, of course, primarily the
story of the greatest of American
humorists who also became one
of the nation's most popular
As his biographer indicates,
Mark Twain loved cats, loved
Scotch whiskey and cigars, loved
to exercise an explosive temper,
loved billiards—loved the truth and
also had his hates. He hated
cruelty, falsity, hypocrisy, mean-
ness and dullness. He hated "the
damned human race."
Mark Twain's family life, his
love for wife and daughters, re-
introduce him in Wood's biography
as a very sensitive man. There is
not much about his son-in-law,
Ossip Gabrilowitsch, but the biog-
raphy speaks of him as a "Russian
pianist." The marriage to Twain's
daughter was conducted by the
same minister who married Twain
—the Rev. Joseph Twichell who
played an important role in the
humorist's life.
There are very many remark-
able aspects in Mark Twain's life
that are incorporated in this story.
There are the intimate things, the
experiences that led to the writing
of the Huckleberry Finn and Tom
Sawyer stories.
What the reader will enjoy as
much as any other, portion of this
story will be the quotations of
numerous sayings by the humorist,
showing his human qualities, his
criticisms, his roughness and fear-
Wood wrote a splendid story
and young and old will relish
reading it.

Israeli Lawyers Barred
From West Bank Practice

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Minister
of Justice Shapiro informed the
Knesset that permission for Is-
raeli lawyers to appear in West
Bank courts on behalf of clients
will not be renewed.
The question was raised in the
chamber by Shmuel Tamir, of the
Free Center faction, who opposed
what he called recognizing King
Hussein's sovereignty in the West
The minister of justice said that
the permission had been granted
because of a general strike by Jor-
danian lawyers after the occupa-
tion of the West Bank last June.
The strike is now virtually ended
and under these circumstances,
he said, it was not fair to impose
on West Bank residents a language
and court procedures with which
they were not familiar.

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Book 'Resistance' Attacks de Gaulle,
Mendes-France and Leon Blum

George Bidault played important
roles in France. He was an asso-
ciate and supporter of Charles de
Gaulle and later he turned against
him, charging Fascism. His "polit-
ical autobiography," published by
Praeger under the title "Resist-
ance," is a historic account of
resistance to the Nazi invaders of
France and collaboration with de
Gaulle and the subsequent opposi-
tion to the present president of
Translated from the French by
Marianne Sinclair, "Resistance" is
an expression of a "sense of his-
tory," linking past with present
and applying both to the future.
"Resistance" is presented by the
French leader who turned oppo-
nent to de Gaulle and who became
an exile from the homeland he
defended as "a refusal to com-
Bidault is quite outspoken. He
asserts: "Some _ people identify
the Resistance with anti-Fascism.
But if there are Fascists in
France today, they are de Gaul-
le's men, who claim to be the
representatives of democracy and
of republican institutions . . •
Under de Gaulle France has be-
come a nation where men keep
silent . . ."
The author of "Resistance" is
firm in his stand when he de-
clares: "I became a Gaullist be-
cause I revolted against defeat and
enslavement. I have become an
anti-Gaullist because I still revolt
against defeat and enslavement. I
was not a half-hearted Gaullist,
and I am not a half-hearted anti-
Gaulist either."
Describing the activities of the
National Council of Resistance,
Bidault relates an incident about
an old Austrian Jew who was
taken to his doom in the course
of a search for resisters. Bidault
was saved from arrest while the
old Jew, who was wearing the yel-
low badge was arrested in the
De Gaulle's Algerian policy is

subjected to attack and refer-
ence is made to the role of the
Arab League. Bidault mentions
the influence upon de Gaulle of
the teachings of Charles Maur-
rau who was one of France's
leading anti-Semites. Bidault also
is quite uncomplimentary in Ms
references to Mendes-France and
he calls his policies "woolly and
insincere." Writing about Leon
Blum he says that while suf-
fering made him a better man
he does not appear enamored
with the late prime minister's
knowledge of foreign affairs.
"Resistance" is a revealing book
about France in the war era and
about de Gaulle and his associates.
It is a personal account, yet it
throws light on the history of the
great conflict and on many of the
personalities that were involved
in it.


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