Ex-Czech Prime Mi 'lister, Dr. Ota Sik, Denies He Has Jewish Origins
LONDON (JTA) — Jews here reports of his Jewish origins were
rini Praha" warned in an article
that there was danger of a new
wave of anti-Semitism in Czecho-
slovakia and urged that all anti-
Semitic utterances be made il-
The article, by Josef Lastuvka,
were startled to learn that the "fabrications," as were the rumors
Czech economist and former Prime of his wartime 'collaboration with
Judge Lawrence Gubow, presi- Minister, Dr. Ota Sik, has denied
the Nazis. Soviet newspapers al-
dent of the Jewish Community any Jewish origins and has pub-
leged that he - lad changed his
Council of Metropolitan Detroit, licly stated that he could not pos-
name from "Karpeles," a common
will deliver the eulogy at a me- sibly be termed a Jew "even
by Jewish name in Central Europe.
morial tribute to Levi Eshkol as the Nazi standards."
Czech newspapers, taking up the
the community pays its last re-
Prof. Sik, the architect of Czech I issue, said that one Karpeles had
economic reforms in the regime in fact changed his name to Hajek
of Alexander Dubcek and who fled but it was not the former foreign
Czechoslovakia in the wake of the minister.
Soviet-led invasion last summer,
The Prague newspaper "Vece-
has been widely identified as Jew
ish in his country and abroad and
has been a frequent target of at-
tacks in Soviet and other East
European newspapers. He is now a
visiting lecturer at the University
for a lifetime of proud possession
He returned to Czechoslovakia
briefly last year, as did Dr.
Eduard Goldsteucker, the Czech-
Jewish author and academician.
appeared on the 30th anniversary
of the Nazi occupation of Bohemia.
It indicated that manifestations of
anti-Semitism in the country have
become increasingly serious since
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News of Dr. Sik's denial of
Jewish ancestry was contained
spects to Israel's late prime
minister 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the
Labor Zionist Institute.
Participants include Rabbi Leo
Y. Goldman of Cong. Shaarey
Shomayim; Movsas Goldoftas, who
In an interview published in
will present a reading of "After My Mlada Fronta, the Prague Commu-
Death" in Yiddish; and Cantor nist ..oath daily, Dr. ilajek said
Simon Bermanis, who will chant - - ---- --
the El Mole Rahamim.
Isadore Shrodeck, chairman of
the Zionist Council of Detroit, will
officiate at the tribute, sponsored
jointly by the Zionist Council and
Jewish Community Council.
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
In Czech newspaper reports of a
similar denial by Prof. Jiri Ha-
jek, a former foreign minister
who also has been the target of
attacks in Pravda and other
Soviet papers as an alleged
last August's Soviet - led invasion.
The writer said, "Everyone has
the right to disagree with the views
of Sik and Goldstuecker, but no one
is entitled to spread anti-Jewish
hysteria in this country and to call
for pogroms against the Jews."
The references were to Dr. Sik
and Dr. Edward Goldstuecker, the
Czech Jewish writer and champion
of liberal reforms, who fled the
country after the Soviet occupation.
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