12—Friday, August 16, 1968
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
A Look Back Into History
BY DAVID SCHWARTZ
(Copyright 1968, JTA Inc.)
"It's very exciting," Joe said.
"These conventions. Hubert, Wal-
lace, Rockefeller running against
Lindsay, McCarthy, Nixon.
"Joe," I said, "You've got it
all mixed up.
"Yes," Joe said. "When so many
are running, it's hard to remem-
ber, but any way both are good
men. After a while, I'll get it
straight. But tell me, there was
one time when a Jew was nomi-
nated for President?"
"You mean Barry Goldwater?" I
said. "He was only part Jew."
"No," Joe sid. "I mean a long
time ago. A Jewish fellow named
Abraham something or other."
"You mean Abraham Lincoln?"
"Yeah," Joe said. "Where does
a Jew get a name like Lincoln?"
"But Joe," I said, "Abraham
Lincoln wasn't a Jew."
"So that's why they don't eat
latkes on Lincoln's birthday," Joe
"Where were the conventions
held then—in Miami and Chicago
"No, Joe," I said, "there was
no Miami then but the Republicans
met in Chicago and the Democrats
met in two places—Charleston and
"Were there any Jewish dele-
gates at Chicago?" asked Joe.
"Not many," I said, "but there
were two—Lewis Dembitz of Ken-
tucky, a lawyer and Morris Pinner
from Missouri, editor of the Kan-
sas Post. Both were abolitionists.
Dembitz was quite a Hebrew schol-
ar. He wrote a book on the Jewish
liturgy which is still regarded as
the best. He was an uncle of Lewis
Dembitz Brandeis. Pinner's paper
was an abolitionist organ."
"Tell me," Joe said, "what did
the convention platform at Chica-
go say about Israel?"
"Joe," I said, "Israel was no is-
sue then. There was the question
"Well," Joe said, "as long as
they didn't come out for the
Arabs. I suppose," Joe said, "there
wasn't much noise like in these
"There was quite a bit of noise,"
I said. "You see, when the Repub-
licans assembled in Chicago, it
seemed like Wm. H. Seward of
New York had the head-start. The
Seward men were very strong and
wanted to make a great impression
on Chicago, so all the supporters
got out and marched through the
streets with a band. While they
were out marching, the Lincoln
supporters took their places in the
galleries of the convention hall and
it is said that the noise made by
the Lincoln supporters in the gal-
leries helped to give the nomina-
tion to Lincoln. You see, Joe, it's
best not to go marching on the out-
side. You just wind up tired and
besides, the people on the outside
are not delegates."
"The Democratic convention,
Joe, first met at Charleston, S.C.
There was an extremist minority
faction which was very close to
the secession idea, which finally
succeeded in splitting the conven-
tion. I do not know, Joe, whether
any of the delegates to the Demo-
cratic convention in Charleston
were Jews or not. One of the
important men at Charleston, how-
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very much against secession. But
as I have said, the minority of
extremists succeeded in splitting
the convention in two parts."
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nority factions reassembled in
Baltimore and named their indivi-
dual tickets. The majority faction
named Stephen Douglas of Illi-
nois as its candidate for President.
The chairman of the regular Dem-
ocratic national committee was
August Belmont, a financier and
"Did he have any Jewish inter-
ests? asked Joe:
"No Joe," I said, "he was more
interested in horse s. You have
heard of the Belmont race track?
August Belmont was president of
the American Jockeys Club. (In
the Civil War he became some-
thing of a financial advisor to Lin-
coln.) The minority faction named
John C. Breckenridge of Ken-
"So the race was split several
ways," said Joe. "Lincoln was
running against Douglas and
Breckenridge. I wonder," Joe said,
The Bookstall Prize, one of
Italy's most coveted literary
awards, has been won by the
American Yiddish author, ISAAC
BASHEVIS SINGER for his novel,
"The Family Moskat," published
here in Italian translation by the
Longanesi Co. The prize has been
awarded annually since 1961 by
the Association of Italian Book-
sellers and the municipality of
Pontremoli, the book center of
An American scientist and an
Israeli sculptor won prizes in their
respective fields in Italy , this
week. Prof. ALBERT SABIN, dis-
coverer of the oral polio vaccine,
was awarded the Gold Medal for
Medicine at a medical convention,
for his contributions to the eradi-
cation of polio in Italy. The pre-
sentation was made by the minis-
ter of health. DANIEL NAHUM
took second prize at the interna-
tional ceramics exhibition at Faen-
za for a panel depicting the story
of Samson and Delilah.
* * *
'My Sister Goldie'
"Mama Made Minks" was such
a delight! Its author, Sara Sand-
berg, caught the spirit of a genera-
tion, as evidenced in her own
mother and her family—and in
the neighborhood—in that funny
Now we have a sequel to it. Sara
Sandberg, now the wife of Dr.
Frank L. Rosen of East Orange,
N.J., deals again with her family,
but especially with her sister, in
"My Sister Goldie," published by
Readers of all ages will find
great entertainment in this well
written story, and young readers
will be even more amused by the
experiences of the entire Sand-
berg family, but especially by
those of Goldie, her dates, her
boy friends, the cheerfulness of
the beautiful sister of Sara,
her ways of warding off advanc-
es while succeeding in attracting
young men with all manner of
As in the earlier work, here, too,
it is "F.M. Sandberg, Reliable Fur-
rier," whose business plays a role;
Mrs. Sandberg is the charming
manager of the household, there
are matrimonial episodes that are
Goldie even has a chance at
Hasidic matchmaking, but after
attending a Hasidic marriage cere-
mony, meeting the young man,
giving the impression she was
having a grand time, she said:
"We didn't really meet, Mother.
How could we? We're centuries
It was Grandpa who tried to
make the last match, and all in
the family thus are drawn into
the series of adventures that mark
this humor-filled book.
Aunt Dora, too, is in this story,
with all the zest she can contri-
bute. The narrative ends in a
wedding. Goldie makes her match.
The family is happy. The entire
tale is a happy one, making "My
Sister Goldie" a delightful addi-
tion to American Jewish humor
Israeli Yeshiva Students
Are Taught First Aid
RAANANA, Israel — Students at
the Orthodox yeshiva here have
been receiving instruction in first
aid from personnel of Magen David
Adom, Israel's national red cross
The students are a fraction of
the hundreds of secular, religious,
government and civilian groups
and institutions that have taken
advantage of courses in first aid.
lifesaving, civilian defense and
related subjects given by Magen
In addition to teaching first aid,
Magen David Adorn also collects,
processes and distributes blood;
conducts ambul a.;r1 c e services;
maintains 73 first-aid stations
throughout the nation; functions as
a civil-defense agency; institutes
and maintains safety practices in
homes, plants and factories; and
promotes the general welfare of
Israel's men, women and children.
RICHARD TUCKER, Metropoli-
tan Opera tenor, will return for the
seventh consecutive year as cantor
for the High Holy Days at Chi-
cago's Park Synagogue Shaare
Sholom. Services will be held in the
Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton-
Dr. ALUF ORELL, of Tech-
nion-Israel Institute of Technology,
chemical engineering department,
has been awarded a senior foreign
scientist fellowship by the National
Science Foundation of the United
States. To become a candidate, the
foreign scientist must be nomin- 1,500 Arab Detainees
ated by an American university;
over 100 universities compete. Dr. Freed Fom Israeli Jails
TEL AVIV, (JTA) — The defense
Orell was nominated by Northwest-
ern University in Evanston, Ill., ministry announced Sunday that
and will spend his 1968-69 sabbati- more than 1,500 Arab prisoners
and detainees had been released
cal leave there.
from prisons in Judea and Sam-
in the occupied West Bank
Chicago Family Gives aria
and in the Gaza Strip during the
$12 Million to College past 10 months. The announce-
CHICAGO — A gift of $12,000,- ment added that 953 Arabs re-
000 was presented to the Univer- mained in the prisons.
A ministry spokesman said that
sity of Chicago's school of medi-
cine by the Pritzker family of half of those now in Jordean and
Samarian prisons were serving
Dr. George W. Beadle, president sentences. The others are being
of the university, said the school held pending investigations or on
will be known as the Pritzker administrative dentention orders.
Among those released, 160 were
School of Medicine. The dona-
tion, presented by Aram Pritz- either acquitted or freed after in-
ker on behalf of his family, is the vestigation. Some 500 completed
largest single contribution in the administrative dententions, and
650 either served their prison
terms or paid fines, while 57
Calling a guess a prophecy prisoners received pardons, the
doesn't increase its value.
Reform Family's Legacy: Kosher Food in Clinic
KANSAS CITY (JTA)—A be-
quest from a Kansas City Reform
family to the Menorah Medical
Center provides an assurance in
perpetuity that patients who want
kosher food will always be able to
receive it. The will of Mr. and Mrs.
Nathan Schloss specified that a
kosher kitchen must be part of the
facilities of the medical center as
long as it exists. It has had a
kosher kitchen since it was opened
The Schlosses, despite their long
Reform affiliation, were concerned
that Jewish doctors and Jewish pa-
tients who kept kosher should be
able to obtain kosher food and
made a substantial bequest con-
ditional on that commitment by
hospital officials. When the med-
ical center completes its planned
building program soon, the kosher
kitchen facilities will be moved to
a new structure in the Menorah
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