THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS I
36—Friday, January 10, 1969
Powerful Novel of Wa r of Liberation
Dr. Mengele Dead,
Yoram Kaniuk, the Israeli au- remained that attractive part of a
thor, has written a novel so deep- once loving body that created the
ly moving that it holds the read- appeal that drew the nurse to the
er's attention throughout and ap- crippled body.
proaches a medical problem from
That an author was able to
an unusual angle.
develop so powerful a theme out
a medical case — creating so
His "Himmo, King of Jeru-
salem," which has been translat- deep a devotion in a nurse—is a
ed from the Hebrew by Yosef marked tribute to a writer who
Schachter and was published by was able to outline the course of
Atheneum, is unusual and unique. compassion to several incidents.
There were the other crippled
It is the story of a nurse and
her devotion to a patient who had war injured, among whom there
lost legs, arms, was blinded and arose a belief that Hamotal want-
in his suffering kept pleading ed to marry Himmo. When they
"shoo me . . . shoo me" but was broached the subject she even
kept alive out of compassion. entertained it for a moment.
He was Himmo, the attractive Then there were the doctors who
young man who was so well liked functioned in a time of crisis,
by the girls that he was called awaiting the end of the war, mean-
"King of Jerusalem." He was a while living in the hellish atmos-
casualty of the war of 1948, and phere of what was a monastery,
his nurse was Hamotal, the attrac- I one of whose nuns still occupied a
tive girl who came to the monas- role of service in the hospital.
There was Himmo's brother who
tery-turned-hospital after her be-
paid frequent visits, displaying his
trothed was killed in action.
Himmo was helpless, unseeing, love for his kinsman, then sud-
pleading for death, but his mouth denly interrupting it.
And there is the doctor's ex-
planation of the need to keep the
body of the crippled human being
alive, because, as Dr. Neuman
By DAVID srlIWARTZ
LONDON — A special security
agent for the Brazilian police in
Parana State claims he has killed
Dr. Joseph Mengele, the infamous
Nazi concentration camp doctor.
Until the death is officially con-
firmed, however, West German
authorities will continue to seek
The Frankfurt prosecutor's of-
fice, commenting on the report of
Nazi hunter, Erich Erdstein, said
so many stories about Mengele
had proven ill founded, that the
West German judiciary authorities
would uphold their extradition re-
quests to South American coun-
tries until official confirmation of
Mengele's death is issued.
Erdstein, 57, a part-Jewish
Austrian, who has lived in Uru-
guay and Brazil for the past 30
years, said he shot Mengele in
a mid-river battle. "The last I
saw of Mengele," he told a re-
porter for the London paper,
The People, "was bis lifeless
body hanging over the side of a
boat in the middle of the River
Parana." Erdstein was put in
charge last year of a special
top-level investigation into the
activities of fugitive Nazis in the
During the course of his inves-
tigation, Erdstein discovered the
existence of a "network of villages
dominated by fugitive Nazis" and
learned that Nazis "have influence
over corrupt, reactionary govern-
ments of some Latin American
He said that Martin Bormann is
alive and being used as a "fuehrer
figurehead" by South American
How to Win a Wa r
said to Hamotal, "in theory there
is hope for every man, even
though he suffers horribly and his
suffering grows . . . in terms of
Himmo's end comes when Hamo-
tal provides an extra dose of an
injection: it was the end of pa-
Twelve years later, Hamotal re-
turned to Jerusalem, after having
gone to Tel Aviv. She took a taxi
to the monastery that was her hos-
pital. The taxi driver was Himmo's
brother Marco. They rode together
without indicating having known
each other. It was the end of a
drama, with the arrival of a new
era, and an end to the war hys-
teria. But sandwiched in, in this
novel, is a great human experi-
ence that makes Kaniuk's "Him-
mo, King of Jerusalem" a note-
Surface Mail, Parcel Post
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Longshoremen on Strike
WASHINGTON (JTA) — The
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parcel post will not be accepted
for ports in Europe, Africa or
the Middle East, including Israel,
because of the longshoremen's
strike that has tied up Atlantic
and Gulf coast shipping.
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There are many theories about
the way to win a war. The Con-
federate leader General Forrest's
saying is often quoted. He believed
in "getting there fustest." How-
ever, a more famous Confederate,
General Stonewall Jackson thought
the secret of military success was
surprise. So much did he like
surprise, that it is told of him, he
even liked to surprise his own offi-
cers. Often, he would brief them
at night, on the next day's strat-
egy only to order a directly con-
trary action when the new day
George Washington won his first
great victory at Trenton defeating
the Hessians by surprise. The Brit-
ish had been giving Washington a
hard time of it in 1776, forcing
Washington into continuous re-
treats. Nearing Trenton, Washing-
NEW YORK—Israel either has ton said, it was now or never.
a bomb or will have one very soon.
The late Stanwood S. Menken,
according to NBC News, which
president of the American De-
made the statement on the Huntley-
fense Society, who was a descen-
Brinkley Show Wednesday night.
dant of II a y m Salomon, the
The report said Israel is expect-
ed to have an effective system of Jewish patriot of the American
Revolution, claimed that it was
delivering nuclear bombs by 1970.
Salomon who suggested to Wash-
A crash program at Dimona to
that he attack the Hes-
produce a nuclear weaoon was be-
sians on Christmas Day. Salomon
gun after the Six-Day War, accord-
ing to NBC. "The tipofc to its suc- could speak German and under-
cess," the report said, "came when stood the Hessians and he felt
that on Christmas Day, they
American intelligence services dis-
probably would be "shikkur."
covered Israel quietly buying spe-
Washington also used surprise
cial material and parts which could
end the war. Leaving a few
be used only in nuclear weapons."
Israel Has Bomb,
NBC News Says
of his troops behind to keep the
camp fires burning and thus de-
Ashdod Dock Workers
Slow Down in Dispute
ceive General Clinton into believ-
ing he was still around, he stole
TEL AVIV (JTA) — A work off to reinforce Lafayette and sur-
slowdown by longshoremen at round Cornwallis.
The way he acted in both of
Israel's new port of Ashdod at the
height of the citrus export season these instances make us doubt
little George could not tell a
is causing serious economic losses
and has disclosed a rift between lie. He could but he didn't want
the local labor council and His- to, unless it was necessary for a
tadrut, Israel's powerful labor good cause.
In the case of the Six-Day War,
The slowdown has caused the we recall how the story was spread
the eve of the war that many
diversion of a number of ships
to Haifa. But longshoremen there Israeli soldiers were on leave. The
strategy employed speed to
embroiled in a dispute of their own
with the Port Authority, have de- bring surprise everywhere. Moses
cided not to load or unload vessels used it too, leaving Egypt in the
middle of the night. Pharaoh prob-
originally destined for Ashdod.
ably expected the Israelites to
leave after breakfast.
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If I were to choose the method
of warfare I prefer, it would be
the Joshua system. He was the
only general who won a battle
by giving a concert. The trum-
pets marched around and around
until the walls of Jericho fell
Few people successfully resist
music. Shakespeare tells us,
"music soothes" the savage beast.
I would send out not only trumpet
players but even some of these
rock and rollers with their guitars.
Assuredly, it's only experimental,
but I note the Israeli directives
repeat the word "Risk" three
times. You can't expect victory
unless you risk. You take a chance.
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