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August 02, 1968 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-08-02

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Israel Becoming Center
of Interest of Ghanaians

Sarah Gertrude Mullin s Career `Move,' New Novel

ACCRA, Ghana (JTA) — Israel
has become a focal point for
higher studies and business inter-
.ests among increasing numbers of
Ghanaians, according to reports in
this West African nation.
Israeli business and trade ties
with Ghana date from that coun-
try's independence in 1957. and
large numbers of Ghanaian youth
have already studied in Israel or
have been trained by Israeli in-
structors at home.
One of the most recent Ghanaian
visitors to Israel for business pur-
poses was S. Ohene-Darko, manag-
ing director of the Ghana Capital
Investment Bank.
In the student category was Jo-
sephine Mensah, who will take a
course in functional literacy and
community development at the
Mount Carmel International Train-
ing_ Center for Development Serv-
ices at Haifa. Rev. Dr. K. A. Dick-
son of the department of religious
.studies at the University of Ghana
is attending an interfaith confer-
ence in Jerusalem.
Israel's ambassador Sunday
presented 100 blankets to the
government o _ f Ghana in re-
sponse to an anpeal for aid to
Ghanaian flood victims. The
presentation was made at the
Israel Embassy in the presence
of Ghanaian officials and mem-
bers of a flood relief committee.
The flood caused by heavy rains
made many people homeless.

1952 in recognition of her con-
tribution to South African liter-
Traveling widely, she in a d e
at the
of in
was friends with distinguished figures
in literature and public life. A
South Africa's leading writer —
author of the novel "God's Step devoted though non - conforming
Jewess, she broker-:,:off friendships,
Children," biographies of Cecil however eminent, where she found
Rhodes and Jan Smuts and other
notable books. She was an out- the people concerned harboring
any prejudice about Jews. On
standing Jewess who did much,
more than one occasion, she walked
through her contacts in high
places, to help Jewish causes and out of distinguished company be-
cause someone present had made
especially the cause of Israel.
a derogatOry remark about Jews.
I was privileged to enjoy her
In 1949 she visited Israel, bring-
friendship for 30 years and knew
ing a message from Smuts for the
of these personal representations,
Jewish state's first anniversary.
which at times helped to influ-
But Smuts had been defeated in
ence policy decisions.
She was a close personal friend the South African election of the
the South African statesman,revious
previous year,
year. and Israeli poli
Gen. Smuts, and through him she ticians showed no interest in his

A delegation of three Israeli
trade unionists was in Accra to
attend a Trade Union Congress
July 25-28 in Tamale, Ghana. The
delegation, headed by M. Meshci,
chairman of the trade union sec-
tion of Histadrut , Israel's labor
federation, also visited industrial
and agricultural development proj-
ects and met with government and
union officials.

Santiago Police Probing
2nd Synagogue Bombing

SANTIAGO, Chile (JTA) . — Pa
lice here are investigating the sec-
ond bombing in a week of a Jew-
ish institution here. Two "Molotov
cocktails" were hurled at the Bnai
Israel Synagogue here before dawn
Sunday breaking two windows.
There were no injuries and prop-
erty damage was limited.
The Instituto Hebreo Dr. Weiz-
mann, a Jewish school, received
fire damage and a number of bro-
ken windows when a Molotov
cocktail was hurled at it the pre-
vious Sunday from a speeding car.

Friday, August 2, 1968-19




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African Correspondent of JTA
(Copyright 1968 JTA Inc.)

There are many laughs and lots
of action in the new novel by Joel
Lieber, "Move," published by
David McKay (730 3rd, NY17).
Because of involvements with a
mover who keeps out of sight,
makes many calls and creates con-
fusion, the hero of the novel, Hi-
ram Jaffe, and his wife, Dolly,
are involved in numerous episodes.
The fun generated makes up for
confusions. Many characters play
their roles, there are extra-marital
experiences, but the devotion of
Hiram to Dolly remains.
Dolly wants a child and wel-
comes the larger home into which
they finally settle. The news of the
pregnancy excites the woman and
eventually ,appeases Hiram.
Hiram and Dolly are Jewish, but
the husband says he has turned
Zoroastrian. While it does not alter
the story it adds an illuminating
and entertaining note. Lieber, al-
ready having won acclaim for his
"How the Fishes Live," adds to
his glory as a novelist with this

met Churchill. Roosevelt and other messa e until she met David Ben-
Gurion, then prime minister, and
figures who played important
(she records) "he assured me
parts in World War H.
that he would answer Smuts' letter
Gen. Smuts turned to her for
as it should be answered. 'Tell him
advice when he was concerned
to come to Israel, and he will re-
about Palestine( especially dur-
ceive a - welcome he has never
ing the grim days of the under-
received before. Take no notice
ground struggle to bring in the ;if those fools who understand
so-called "illegal" immigrants
nothing. Israel will know how to
from war-ravaged Europe.
welcome a great friend.' "
Mrs. Millin strengthened his
She was going to write a biog-
conviction that the only solution
was Jewish statehood and urged raphy of Ben-Gurion and all ar-
upon him and others concerned rangements had been made,
with policy, that the world owed even to the point of bringing her
Jewry a state. Her efforts had to Israel again; but certain Is-
their place in the orbit of the raeli politicians persuaded Ben-
post-war years giving the strug- Gurion to back out of the
files of Dr. Chaim Weizmann, project.
She felt deeply on the German
Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver and
others ancillary support. She issue and to her dying day would
wrote many articles in support of not buy German goods; for a long
the idea of a Jewish state, which time was even critical of Israel's
played their part in influencing acceptance of German reparations.
intellectual circles in England and She thought the amount of the
reparations was far from adequate
She was an intimate friend of to meet the moral claim.
Dr. Weizmann, with whom she
She believed Gen. Moshe Dayan
stayed when she visited Israel; he was the most realistic member of
stayed at her home when he vis- the Israel Cabinet, had little trust
ited South Africa.
in Abba Eban's "semantic flexi-
Born in Lithuania, she was bilities," and felt Golda Meir ex-
brought to South Africa as a baby erted, from the sidelines, an in-
of 5 months by her parents, fluence over Levi Eshkol and
Isaiah and Olga Liebson; they Eban which inhibited foreign
were among the Litvaks who came policy.
to South Africa in the 1880s. The
Only a week before she died, she
Liebsons settled in the diamond told me. commenting on that
field district of Barkly West, and "leaked" speech in which Gen.
there Sarah Liebson learned to Dayan told the Israel Labor Party
know, as a child, the River Dig- that he considered it necessary to
gings. which she later recreated hold on to all the occupied terri-
in several of her novels.
tory: "It makes sense. You don't
She went to school in Kimber- sell yourself short. If you start
ley, matriculated with distinction telling the Arabs you are prepared
but turned down the offer of a to compromise when they are not
university post to concentrate on even prepared to sit down and talk
literature and music. To the end peace to you, their price for peace
of her life she liked to play on the will rise: they will make it a
piano in her Johannesburg home, condition that they get back every-
and especially favored the Bach thing."
and Scarlatti compositions.
She had a high opinion of
She began writing while she Menahem Begin, and felt he—was
was still at school, and her first playing a valuable role as Herut
story was published when she
Party leader in the Israel Cab-
was 17. She met her future hus-
inet. When I visited Israel a few
band, Philip Millin, while he was
months ago, I took him a message
a journalist on a Cape Town
from her, brought her greetings
paper, studying in his spare time
from him when I returned.
for the bar. He became a dis-
She was critical of Israel's stand
tinguished barrister and was
at the United Nations against
South Africa.
prone Court.
She was blunt, uncompromising,
He died in 1952, and Mrs. Millin and this sometimes brought her
tells, in her autobiographical
into difficulties in human rela-
volume, "The Measure of My
tions. But people who understood
Days" (published in 1955), of the
unhealing wound his passing left her respected her for her forth-
on her.
With all her bluntness, she was
By then, she had already earned devoted to her friends and gen-
her own fame as the author of erous in the services she rendered
"God's Step-Children" and other them. And she gave materially of
distinguished novels (including her sustenance to help a wide var-
"Mary Glenn," "The Coming of iety of causes, national, Jewish and
the- Lord" 'The Sons of Mrs. Aab," charitable.
"What Hath a Man?" "King of
the Bastards," "The Burning
Man") and her biographies of
Rhodes and Smuts. She had also
"More than an end to war,
published six volumes of a grim,
we want an end to the be-
probing diary of World War II—
ginning of all wars." Ad-
much of it
dress written for Jefferson
with the plight of her own Jewish
Day Dinners Broadcast,
April 13, 1945. (President
Her books were translated
Roosevelt died suddenly,
into many languages and be-
April 12, at Warm Springs,
came required reading in sev-
eral American and European
Stiy . U.S. Savings Bonds,
universities. The University of
new Freedom Shares
the Witwatersrand conferred an
honorary doctorate upon her in

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