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July 12, 1968 - Image 33

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-07-12

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Seminary Campaign Launched Here

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On tile Air


This Week's Radio and
Television Programs

Detroit's participation in the nationwide capital-endowment drive
of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America was launched last
week at a meeting at the home of the Samuel Hamburgers in Birm-
ingham. The seminary's vice-chancellor, Dr. Max Arzt, (second from
right) was guest speaker at -the reception. With him (from left) are
Al Borman, Detroit chairman, Louis Berry, his co-chairman, and
Samuel Hamburger. A $1,000,000 goal has been set for Detroit.


Time: 11:30 p.m. Sunday.
Station: WCAR.
Feature: "The Grand Music Hall
of Israel," the recorded perform-
ance of this touring company from
Israel which is still playing for
audiences around the U.S., will be
heard and commented on by Can-
tor Harold Orbach.
* *
Time: 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
Station: Channel 2.
Feature: "The Rabbi's View of
Today's Crisis." Rabbi Leon Fram
of Temple Israel and Rabbi Irwin
Groner of Cong. Shaarey Zedek
will talk with Allen Dryfuss of
the New Detroit Committee about
the purpose, perspective and ac-
complishments of the committee.
* * *
Time: 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
Station: WJBK.
Feature: An interview with Mrs.
Ann G. Wolfe, program consultant
in the National Affairs Department
of the American Jewish Commit-
tee. Mrs. Wolfe, who has been in
the field of social work for more
than 20 years, will discuss a study
in which she has participated,
"The Shortchanged Child of Sub-

Editor, The Jewish News:
are all racists" is a welcome ad-
My article, you say, "indicts the dition to a regrettable generaliza-
entire Jewish people of racism." tion. The editor of an important
Nowhere in the article do I do university newpaper should under-
anything of the sort. If you took stand that a scholar's commend-
the trouble to read the line, "They able resort to Christological litera-
all are racists" in its intended ture must also be rooted in Jewish
context, you would have noted that knowledge, whether or not such
it was intended to apply to a a student is a Jew or a non-Jew.
sharply circumscribed group of The tragedy, which was implied in
people. I would no more accuse our original rejection of a denigra-
the entire Jewish people of racism tion of Jewish principles is that
than I would accuse them of so many of our young Jews who
thievery or wife-beating. Yet, as imitate usage of a New Testa-
* * *
you yourself have noted, there are ment phrase know so very little
Jews who are racists, in fact, a about Jewish principles and ideals
Time: 10:30 p.m. Sunday.
great many. This is a problem that are imbedded in the Old Testa-
Station: WWJ.
that will not be overcome by angry ment and the accumulated com-
Feature: "Beyond the Red Sea,"
denunciations of anyone who is so mentaries upon it. When a youth
impertinent as to point that fact generalizes and accuses his fam- Mark Van Doren, professor emer-
ily that "They are all racists," he itus of Columbia University and
The article, you charge, "deni- invites belief in an error that the Maurice Samuel, author and lec-
turer, will discuss the mystique
grates Jewish principles." After entire community is racist.
of the miracle of the parting of
reading that line, I was forced to
the waters and the many adorn-
ask myself if you had actually
ments to the biblical story.
read my column. If calling atten- Ex-Nazi Gets Life;
* *
tion to the divergence between a One Defendant III
man's professed principles and his
Time: 8 a.m. Sunday.
actions is denigration of the prin- So Trial Suspended
Station: WKNR.
ciples, you are using a different
Feature: Rabbi Yitshak Kagan
dictionary than I. By your defini- of Adolf Beckerle, Nazi minister in
tion, Moses reacting to the Golden Sofia, Bulgaria, during World War will speak on "The Flintstone of
Calf, and Luther reacting to cor- ; II, was suspended because the de- Judaism." Devotional Hasidic
ruption in his church would have ! fendant is sick and in the hospital. melodies will be featured.
Beckerle was charged with
been the greatest denigrators of
participation in the mass deporta- Bill to End Poland's
their respective traditions.
I fail to see why saying the tions of Bulgarian Jews. Also de- Favored Nation Status
guests were "soggy with abundant ferred was the testimony of West
food and sacramental wine" con- German Chancellor Kurt Georg
J. Dodd, Connecticut Dem-
stitutes a "shocking accusation."1
You may quarrel with my choice ! fense witness. Kiesinger, who ocrat, introduced a Senate resolu-
of adjective, but I maintain that was an army officer at the time, is tion that would suspend the "most
anyone who does not feel :a bit alleged to have had contacts with favored nation "treatment for Com-
soggy after an enormous meal and Beckerle. Whether the trial will munist Poland. He told the Senate
a couple glasses of wine is a bet-1 resume or a new trial will be that Poland had recently reversed
ter man than I. I, at least, will ordered depends on the length of a trend toward liberalization and is
admit to having felt "soggy." Cer- Beckere's illness. According to now "engaged in virulently anti-
tainly no one was drunk, I didn't German procedure, if there is Semitic propaganda reminiscent of
mean to imply that anyone was more than a 10-day gap in the pro- the worst of Hitler and Stalin."
The resolution 'was co-sponsored
drunk, and no one but you has ceedings, the trial must begin
by Sen. Abraham Ribicoff, Con-
interpreted things that way.
A sentence of life imprisonment necticut Democrat, and Sen. Ernest
As for your indictment of my
using a "Christological quotation," was imposed in Cologne on Kurt F. Hollings, South Carolina Demo-
I think any Jew might become a Wiese, a former SS officer charged crat. It would suspend the prefern-
better Jew by reading the New with participation in the wartime tial treatment now accorded Po-
Testament. It is a work of great shooting of 177 Jewish men, women land "so long as the Polish govern-
wisdom, and can be read without and children in the Grodno ghetto ment continues its present cam-
running any risk of conversion. To in occupied Poland, between 1941 paign against Polish intellectuals
imply that a Jew is somehow less and 1943. The trial opened last and students and religious institu-
worthy because he uses a "Christo- March 11. Another defendant and tions and the Jewish minority in
logical quotation" is sheer petty former SS officer, Heinz Errelis, Poland, and so long as it continues
55, of Bochum, was acquitted for to conduct itself as a total satellite
I fail, you say, "to take into lack of proof. He had been sen- of Moscow in the sphere of foreign
account an historic Jewish adher- tenced in 196'7 to 6 1/2 years' im- policy."
Sen. Dodd said that "since the
ence to just rights of all peoples." prisonment at hard labor but the
But that, sir, was precisely what sentence was never carried out be- conditions on which 'most favored
nation' treatment for Poland were
the article was about. I do not cause of procedural appeals.
predicated no longer exist, I be-
understand how you could read
lieve it makes sense to let the Po-
"Yet that tradition (of being per- Life of African Student
lish people know that we strongly
secuted) had made little impres-
disapprove of the drift back to
sion on the Seder guests," and at Hebrew University
Stalinist rule."
"Prosperity has rendered a pro- Saved in Kidney Surgery
fessed tradition empty and mean-
JERUSALEM—The life of John
Thornberry's Liberalism
ingless," and then accuse me of
In its review of the record of
ignoring history. Because I called 0. Nwankwo, a 29-year-old medi-
attention to the fact that others cal student from Nigeria studying Judge ,Homer Thornberry, who was
were ignoring "an historic Jewish at the Hebrew University-Had as- named by President Johnson to
adherence to just rights," I failed sah Medical School in Jerusalem, succeed Justice Abe Fortas, News-
to take that history into account. has been saved by a kindney trans- week states:
plant operation at the Hadassah-
Your perverse logic baffles me.
"As a young Austin City (Tex.)
STEPHEN H. WILDSTROM University Hospital.
councilman, he blocked a water
Nwankwo is one of more than license for a subdivision that
Managing Editor
University of Michigan Daily 50 students from approximately 15 barred Jews."
* * *
developing countries in Africa and
Editor's Note: The post "soggy" Asia who are taking a six-year
Women are a race by themselves
addendum to the charge of "They course at the medical school.
—SaW)ath 62


Friday, July 12, 1968-33 ,

'LBJ's Mideast Man'
Newsweek last week stated:
"President Johnson has instructed
his new ambassador to the United
Nations, George Ball, to make a
negotiated settlement in the Middle
East his primary task. LBJ be-
lieves that the Vietnam situation
is now manageable, but fears that
a second round of the Arab-Israeli
war might well present the U. S.
with an even more dangerous
problem of possible military inter-

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