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October 18, 1968 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-10-18

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16—Friday, October 18, 1968

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS UN Committee OKs Text of Document on War Trial Tnne Limit
UNITED NATIONS (JTA)—The International Tribunal of Aug. 8, of West Germany, said at a
social, humanitarian and cultural 1945, and crimes against humanity press conference here last week
committee (Third Committee) of whether committed during war or that there is a "misunderstand-
ing' in the world that the statute
the United Nations General As- peace as defined in that charter,
sembly has approved an amended including eviction by armed attack of limitations on the prosecution
of Nazi war criminals meant
text of a 10-article draft conven-
dle East situation what it is, the tion that would bar any time limit resulting from apartheid or geno- there would be no more war
crimes trials after it goes into
Christadelphian and the Jew will being set on the prosecution and
not have long to wait before the punishment of war criminals and constitute a violation of the domes- effect.
Brandt said that if the present
rest is translated from faith into others committing crimes against tic law of the country in which


Agnew, Joe McCarthy:
a Lesson From Past

Editor, The Jewish News:
A few weeks ago, candidate
Spiro Agnew accused candidate H.
Humphrey of being soft on Com-
munism. Agnew was immediately
charged with hitting below the belt
with injecting McCarthyism into
the campaign. Now many young
folks may not know what is meant
by McCarthyism, and some elders
may have forgotten.
About the year 1948 Sen. Joseph
McCarthy of Wisconsin decided
that he could obtain a great deal
of publicity and advance his poli-
tical future by starting on all-out
war on communism. He began by
accusing various government offi-
cials and employers of being either
Communists or Communist sympa-
thizers. Soon he was pointing the
finger at and branding organiza-
tions and individuals all over
And the shameful part of it all,
was the manner in which gov-
ernment agencies and officials
allowed McCarthy to get away
with his insulting and outrageous
conduct. Even the great major-
ity of the American people for
much too long knuckled under.
They showed little more courage
or awareness than did the Ger-
man people when Hitler was
slowly but surely taking over.
In 1950, a McCarthy Congress
passed the McCarran Act with its
prevision for concentration camps,
etc. And in the 1950s good loyal
Americans all over the country
were falsely accused of being "se-
curity risks" and subjected to
hardship and injustice that never
should have been tolerated.
Certainly McCarthyism repre-
sents an inexcusable and horrify-
ing chapter in American history.
Fair-minded, decent and informed
Americans should make very cer-
tain that it never, never happens
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Israel Will Be Vindicated,
Christadelphian Believes

Editor, The Jewish News:
As a Christadelphian who reads
your excellent weekly with con-
stant appreciation, I was especially
interested in the paragraph in the
Oct. 4 issue about my faith. It
made me wonder whether your
readers would credit the following,
which I state as facts. Whether or
not they do or not, they will cer-
tainly be interested.
More than a hundred years ago,
Christadelphian believed that a
return of Jews to Zion was immi-
nent (it didn't come quite as soon
as they expected and hoped). They
believed then, and they still be-
lieve, on the basis of much-studied
Bible prophecies, that the new
state of Israel must face a great
trial through the invasion of their
little country by a confederacy of
enemies too strong to be resisted.
"It is the time of Jacob's trouble,
but he shall be saved out of it."
When all seems to be lost, a Mes-
sianic salvation redeems the situ-
ation, and Israel is vindicated as a
people now able to fulfill their
true destiny.
I venture to believe that, with
so much of this expectation al-
ready realized and with the Mid-

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Borman Hall Resident
Enjoys High Holy Days

Editor, The Jewish News:
Almost a week before the Holy
Days, everyone at Borman Hall
became aware of the preparations
being made for the coming High
Holy Days. The cleaning crew
seemed to work especially diligent-
ly to make everything shiny and
beautiful—a special effort was defi-
nitely made to increase our enjoy-
ment of the Holy Days. When the
High Holy Days came, the whole
atmosphere changed—it was quiet,
almost tense—holy. The leadership
of the Borman Hall is to be con-
gratulated for caring so much to
make our days so pleasant and so
Borman Hall

a a a

`Let My People Go'

Editor, The Jewish News:
I urge every member of the Jew-
ish community to use the phrase
"Let My People Go" as the slogan
of any picket sign that they use in
protest meetings against Soviet
A never-ending chorus is bound
to have its effect sooner or later.
The "Let My People Go" theme
should echo throughout the world
until our objective is achieved. .
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Litvinov Grandson
Exiled for 'Zionist
Leanings' in Russia

PARIS— Dr. Pavel Litvinov,
grandson of Maxim Litvinov, who
in 1934 was instrumental in estab-
lishing U.S.-Soviet relations, was


sentenced to five years in exile
for protesting the invasion of Czec-
Litvinov, 28, a research chemist,
and six others unfurled banners
reading "Shame to the Invaders"
on Red Square in Moscow. He and
a woman were accused of being in
service of international Zionism
and imperialism.
(Litvinov's grandmother, Ivy
Litvinov, is making news of an-
other kind. A short story she has
written appeared in the New
Yorker magazine's Sept. 28 issue.
Mrs. Litvinov, widow of Maxim,
one-time Soviet minister and am-
bassador to the United States, was
born in England and lives in Mos-
cow with her two children, four
grandchildren and several great-
grandchildren. Two other stories
she has written appeared earlier
in the New Yorker.)

humanity. The article was adopted
by a roll-call vote of 59 to 10 with
27 abstentions.
It was declared that no statu-
tory limit shall apply to the follow-
ing crimes, regardless of when
committed: War crimes as defined
in the charter of the Nuremberg

Catholic Says Jewish Aid
to Biafra Will Strengthen
Jewish-Christian Ties

NEW YORK (JTA) — A Roman
Catholic educator and leader of
the ecumenical movement Monday
hailed Jewish aid to Biafra as a
"history-making event" that will
set Christian-Jewish relations "on
a new course."
Msgr. Oesterreicher, di-
rector of the Institute of Judaeo-
Christian Studies at Seton Hall
University, referred to the Ameri-
can-Jewish Emergency Effort for
Biafran Relief, established last
summer by American Jewish lead-
ers, which is channeling its aid to
the stricken secessionist province
of Nigeria through existing Cath-
olic and Protestant agencies.
He said that this "unprecedented
effort of the American Jewish com-
munity coming to the assistance of
starving people, unknown to them,
and-far away, of people who are
not Jewish, is an act of extraor-
dinary unselfishness that ought to
be more widely known and
Msgr. Oesterreicher spoke to
members of friends of the Edith
Stein Guild here, a Catholic lay
organization named in memory of
Edith Stein, a German-Jewish
philosopher who became a Car-
melite nun who was murdered by
the Nazis.
He said that the Biafran relief
effort, new as it is, was in keeping
with the teachings of Judaism. It
does away, he said "with the time-
worn cliche that Judaism is a
legalistic, loveless religion. It
should also help to make the co-
existence of Christians and Jews a
creative one, showing the way for
continuous cooperation in making
the social message of the Prophets
. . . a reality on this earth."
Abie Nathan, the Israeli pilot,
said here Tuesday that he plan-
ned another relief flight to
Biafra with food and medicine
and that he hoped to originate
another flight from Toronto in
about two weeks.
Nathan helped fly his third trip
to Biafra with $250,000 worth of
supplies two weeks ago with a
chartered plane paid for by the
Bnai Brith, Israel Aid to Biafra.
the Biafran Relief Services Foun-
dation and the American Commit-
tee to Keep Biafra Alive. He said
that on his third trip, officials
allowed the plane crew to fly out
with five orphans, who he said
would have died if they had re-
mained in Biafra.
He added that he wanted to bring
the orphans to the United States
but was prevented by immigration
difficulties. The orphans are now
"in one of the best hospitals in
Amsterdam, instead," he asserted,
adding he hoped to fly five more
orphans out on the next mercy

600 Clergymen to Probe
Problems at Seminary

NEW YORK — More than 600
Protestant, Catholic and Jewish
clergymen will open a new year of
graduate seminars and intergroup
dialogue Tuesday, when the Insti-
tute for Religious and Social Stud-
ies of the Jewish Theological Sem-
inary of America launches its 31st
academic year.
This year's registrants will con-
sider the basic problem of "Social

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Adoption of the article by the
assembly, it is believed by some
observers, may affect the status
of the statute of limitations on the
prosecution of Nazi war criminals
accused of murder which is sched-
uled to go into effect in West Ger-
many on Dec. 31, 1969.
There is a large body of opinion
inside of Germany and abroad
which holds that the statute should
be postponed if not abolished alto-
gether. But indications have been
that the Bundestag, West Ger-
many's lower house, is inclined to
let the statute apply, unless some
declaration against it was made by
the UN.

law is not changed, 12,000.15,000
cases would nevertheless be dealt
with since they have already been
brought before courts.
He said that enactment of the
statute meant that no new investi-
gations or cases could be brought
up but added that there was a pro-

posal before the cabinet on the
issue. Brandt did not elaborate on
the proposal.



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