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May 03, 1968 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-05-03

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Anyone

Looking

forward

to

celebrating

The

2nd

Annual

Detroit

Riot

this

summer ...

is too

sick to

go.

The illness has nothing at all
to do with skin color. It can
affect whites just as potently
as it can blacks. With the
same utimate results.

Rumor has it some people
already have the bug. Their
numbers are few. And they
can be controlled.

We can stop them cold
with some individual respon-
sibility on the part of every
sane citizen, black and
white, in metropolitan De-
troit.

Czech Writer Sees Little Change
in Government's Attitude to Israel

JERUSALEM—Despite the "lib-
eralization" of the Dubcek regime
in Czechoslovakia, Shimon Oren-
stein, convicted in Prague for
treason and "Zionist activities"
and later released, sees little fun-
damental change in the Czechoslo-
vakian government.
Orenstein made his statements
in an interview with the Jerusa-
lem Post.
"They wanted our dollars," Or-
enstein said, of Czech sales of
arms to Israel in the 1940s. "They
sold us arms because they wanted
to do business; it was little to do
with ideology. Of course there was
the feeling of working against
British imperialism, but more im-
portant they wanted our dollars.
The Czechs sold arms to the Syr-
ians also, and when we heard about
it, we managed to sink the boat
with its cargo of weapons in an
Italian harbor with the willing aid
of friendly Italian stevedores."
Orenstein was convicted in
1953 of espionage and treason
by a Prague court, released in
1954 and cleared in 1964. His
experiences have appeared in a
book just published by Am Oved
called "Adventure in Prague."
Orenstein is working on another
book, dealing with victims of anti-
Jewish terror, as well as the man
he describes as "The Grand In-
quisitor," the commander of the
Czech Secret Police (STB), who
interrogated him at length in the
prison, sitting in front of a life-
size portrait of Stalin.

experts helped draw up the charges
against Slansky and others tried
with him.

Urvalek said he himself had be-
lieved in the charges at the time.
"We believed in the danger of
Zionism as an agent of imperial-
ism . . ." he said. "A judge or
prosecutor who expressed any
doubt would have become a vic-
tim himself," he said.
(According to the Associated
Press Sunday, a former Czech se-
cret police chief charged that Sta-
lin ordered the 1952 purge of Slan-
sky, then secretary general of the
Czech Communist Party. He and 10
other leaders were hanged on
charges of treason and espionage.
Karol Bacilek, former minister of
national security, who himself was
ousted a year after the Slansky
trial, described Stalin's role in the
trial for the Bratislava newspaper,
Smena.)

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Residence Facilities
NEW YORK—With the recent
opening of its new Henry Kauf-
mann Building and Clara de
Hirsch Residence, the inter-
nationally known 92nd Street
YM-YWHA of New York has
doubled its residence facilities for
Jewish young men and women.
This will help relieve the shortage
of modern, attractive, centrally lo-
cated living accommodations for
college students and young adults
between 18 and 27 years of age
who are making their first move
away from home.

"If the Czech authorities intend,
as they say now, to open inquiries
into the (Rudolf) Slansky trial af-
fair and into (Jan) Masaryk's
death," he said, "they do not need
special committees — rather they
should just buy my book and find
a reliable -witness of what took
place then. After all they were
not political trials, they were mur-
ders."

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life in Czechoslovakia. The :vol-
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by Dr. Oscar Rabinowitz.

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Orenstein believes that the death
of Charles Jordan was the work of
the Czech STB with Soviet assist-
ance.

With regard to Czechoslovakia's
attitude towards Israel, Orenstein
said that the Communist regime re-
mained as it always had. "But un-
til Czechoslovakia renews its dip-
lomatic ties with Israel and stops
sending arms to the Arabs, we
cannot bless the new Czech rulers
nor talk of a rapprochment."
The trial of Slansky, a Jew who
was executed for "treason and es-
pionage" in 1952
and later exoner-
ated, was re-
called by the man
who acted as
prosecutor - gen-
eral during the
proceedings. H e
claimed, accord-
ing to the Guard-
ian in London,
that even judges
a n d prosecutors
were spied on. In
an interview with
t h e Communist
Party newspaper
"Rude Pravo,"
Josef Urvalek,
t h e prosecutor,
also said Russian
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Israeli Credit Tightening
to Meet Inflation Threat

JERUSALEM (JTA) —The mini-
sterial committee on economic af-
fairs decided Sunday night to re-
duce bank credit available to firms
and individuals by 80,000,000
pounds ($23,000,000). The credit
tightening followed a warning of
inflationary tendencies by David
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Horowitz, governor of the Bank
reason. Use it. The bug can
of Israel.
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Under the new requirement,
banks will have to deposit 15 per
cent instead of 10 per cent as pre-
viously, of fixed-time deposits in
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