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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-07-25

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i Czechoslovakia
Gatheri n g Clouds of Hate in

Boris Smolar's

study of the "pathology of present I "Jewish problem" which occupied
(Copyright 1969, JTA, Inc.)
No Planava, was headed "A Dan- considerable space in the anony
One •
EDITOR'S NOTE: Mr. Collins is a gerous Gang" and dealt with the mous letters he was rceiving.
specialist on Czechoslovakian affairs.
mounting coneern over clandestine of his correspondents called for a
* *
LONDON—Anti-Semitism contin- meetings "in an atmosphere remi• "Prague without Jews." The corre-
motivate a small, but den- niscent of the hysterical outbursts spondents hated, in this order, i
ues to
of enthusiastic hatred during the Jews, culture, Alexander Dubcek,
gerous minority in Czechoslovakia advent of Fascism;" the continuing Josef Smlrkovsky and other mem-
(Copyright 1969, JTA Inc-)
which constitutes a political "un-
installation of bugging devices in bers of the government, "the press
derworld" irrespective of whether private homes; printing and dis- in general," the intelligentsia.
the Czechoslovak nation is led by
(Copyright 1969, JTA, Inc.)
tribution of illegal material full of writers and "occasionally also
Antonin Novotny or Alexander Du- lies and slanders; and the continu- Western imperialists."
MEET YOUR LEADER: Edward Ginsberg, national chairman of
They loved, among others, the the United Jewish Appeal, comes from a home where the children were
ous stream to editorial desks, of
It has grown more vociferous anonymous letters "threatening People's Militia and the Soviet , indoctrinated by their father with the importance of man's humanity to
since last Aug. 21 when Warsaw pogoms and terror in the near fu- Union, and they threatened pog- man. This guided his life from early youth. It led him to participate in
pact troops moved into the country,
roms, deportations, imprisonment Jewish communal activities in Cleveland, where he resides, and it
and it made some further headway ture."
These symptoms are especially and beatings. brought him to national UJA leadership.
recently after the demonstrations dangerous in periods of transition.
Only 52 years old, Eddie— as he is affectionately called by his
People with a soft spot for
in Prague's Wenceslas Square They are made even more danger-
authoritarian rule, the study went friends in this country and in Israel—is the youngest national leader of
which followed the Czech victory ous, the author stated in an oblique
on, well know that their best wen- the United Jewish Appeal. He spares no time or effort to make the WA
over the Soviet ice hockey team. reference to the Soviet presence,
pon is to put others in fear. Hence a success in these critical times for Israel. A prominent attorney,
The vandalism in the course of when "international pressure is
the threats, the spread of pogrom• appears to devote only half of his time to his law office; the other
these demonstrations may well added" and when democratic rights
type methods, the installation of is devoted entirely to the UJA,
have been organized by provoca- and duties, while in the nation's
Mr. Ginsberg is an excellent speaker, a pleasing personality and is
buzzing apparatus. In this fashion,
teurs; there are some indications subconscious and "even in pro-
this political underworld aimed at very much in demand by Jewish communities throughout the country
that at least some of the leading, grams," are to a far smaller de-
a heavenly state of general of for addresses on the UJA's needs. His visits always stimulate greater
Czech politicians incline to • this gree in law and in the society at
non-interest in matters public giving. ,His constant trips around the country—and his frequent flights
when no one will talk about any- to Israel where his presence is often required—leave him little time to
But whether the incidents were
thing and when everyone will just spend with his family. He seldom has free evenings or wekends, since I
"In such truly abnormal condi-
pre-planned or whether they were
pursue his own business. "The the UJA is a demanding undertaking. But his wife, Rosalie, and his two I
tions, half-wits of larger and
sparked by the same national
more passive the public grous, sons are understanding. They are proud of his devotion to the UJA
smaller scale stand a good chance
despair over
the better the chances for a cause and are themselves deeply Interested in it. 1
of transforming their tomfooler-
tinued Soviet occupation which ies into norms," the writer said.
brutal minority," Planava said.
led 36 young Czechs and Slovaks
EYES ON ISRAEL: Mr. Ginsberg was the first national chairman
It is with a warning against such
People of this type, the author
to end their lives as flaming
charged, are linked by the hope passivity that the study concluded. of the United Jewish Appeal to build a home for himself in Israel where
torches, it furnished the occu-
that events will once more trans- Defense against anti-democratic he will live part of the year with his family.
piers with a welcome opportunity form them into central figures of forces canont be a matter of psy-
This is only one indication of his deep feelings for Israel. The house, ,
to tighten still further their grip uncontrolled power and by a coin. chological m e c h a n i c s, it said- nearly completed, is located in the beautiful, historic area of Caesarea.
on the country and to start in
mon past in which they were the "Where political forces are con- Government leaders in Israel are delighted by Mr. Ginsberg's act. To
earnest what they had come o flag-bearers of a "bureaucratic- cerned, the fight against them must them it is an expression of the UJA leader's strong personal attachment
achieve last August: the reimpo- centralistic system closely welded be in the arena of politics; where to the nation.
sition of a totalitarian Communist to a government of police oppres- illegal atcion is involved, the re-
Mr. Ginsberg has felt strongly about Israel since he made his first
regime, stripped of all ambitions (ion." They are governed, he said, sponse must be a defense through visit there upon the establishment of the Jewish state. He is not a
of a "human face" and a "human by specific socio-psychological laws: legal proceedings. The sum total of Zioinst, but it is his opinion that Jewish life in the world would not be
heart" and sustained by a police
they "select and deform people in this last year can be of two sorts: the same today if there were no Israel. He feels that Israel has con-
state presided over by a puppet their own image and thus succeed We may, after a while, come to tributed and is contributing much to Jewish consciousness in the United
in molding and deforming their own evaluate it as a year of the noble States and in Jewish communities the world over. Israel is a country
The government continues mak- image even further."
we open to any Jew from any part of the world and is eager to "ingather"
rising of our hopes and feelings
ing concessions to the occupiers in
Jews from countries where they are oppressed. This is one of the fac-
In this context, Planava recalled (and also of our illusions), o r
a great many fields, but it also con- the 1950s when persecution was di- may come to look upon it as a year tors that makes the Jewish State so close to Mr. ins erg's
tinues to indicate its determination rected "not only at those who had in which discerning, persevering Members of his family who lived in Vienna were annihilated by the
to proceed with the reforms of the served with the Royal Air Force in and valiant people have commited Nazis, as were his relatives in Germany. They may have been alive
January 1968 program. Whether Britain but also at those who had themselves, people who know how today if a Jewish State existed during the Nazi era. And so would have
liberalization of the Communist re- fought Franco in Spain and Nazism to play the game and how to see most of the six million Jews whom the Nazis annihilated.
gime can be obtained when it is in the East. Communists and non- it through."
Born in the United States, Mr. Ginsberg served in the Army Air
accompanied by the re-imposition Communists alike, they were select.
It was H. G. Wells who once Force during World War II. He returned to civilian life after the war,
of censorship on the press and other ed because they were suspect of a made the distinction between a resumed his partnership in a Cleveland law firm and participated in
publicity media: whether the rein• clean shield and a vigorous con- "community of obedience" and a Jewish community communal affairs. In addition to being UJA national
troduction of legality and legal science."
"community of will." Do Jews chairman, he is a member of the board of trustees of the Joint Distri-
norms by Western standards can
Within this Orwellian prediction the world over hope that in Czecho- bution Committee, a vice president of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency,
be expected to be finalized with of imminent dangers, the author slovakia the "community of will" and holds leadership positions in various other national Jewish organiza-
all that such steps would imply for devoted substantial thought to the shall prevail?
tions. He is a member of the board of directors of a number of industial
freedom of thought and personality,
enterprises in this country, Switzerland and Israel.

remains to be seen.
The fact that Czechoslovakia now
CHEERFUL PREDICTION: Mr. Ginsberg, who is sure to be re-
is receiving less attention in the
elected national chairman of the UJA for 1970, keeps a finger on the
press of the Western countries—
pulse of American Jewish communal life. His close contact with the
which, as the Times of London has
leadership of Jewish communities in all parts of the country enable him
to 110°
it, are "in search of detente in
to evaluate the prevailing sentiments among American Jews, especially
Europe" by concentrating "on ex-
with regard to aid for Israel.
woo ^.
tra-European matters"—justifies at
He predicts that American Jewish communities will raise about
,ne .co
r4 ao
least in some minds the apprehen-
$163,000,000 this year in their over-all campaign for local, national and
sion that the world may be heading
overseas needs; this would be $10,000,000 more than was raised last
,1 0.4e° 4V
42"- T oe
back, if not to the cold war, then
year. Of that sum, UJA would receive approximately $73,000,000. In
s oa 04
at least to a lukewarm equivalent
addition, he estimates that $105,000,000 will be raised for the UJA's
of it.
Israel Emergency Fund, which would be $20,000,000 more than last year.
To devote, in these circumstances,
The UJA income from the regular campaign and Emergency Fund
attention to the fate of the Czech
this year will be much higher than last year and may reach $180,000,000,
Jewish community may appear
he says..
petty to some. Others both inside
Mr. Ginsberg also has praise for the women's divisions in the
and outside of Czechoslovakia, who
various campaigns. By the end of April they raised more than $15,600,-
have a knowledge of the East
representing an increase of 22 per cent on
MO, in sonic 90 communities,
European scene, are inclined to
IN •
a card.for-card basis, the bulk of which goes for the Israel Emergency
take the view that what is at stake
Fund, The women's divisions of the UJA of Greater New York, Detroit
is hot merely the future of an esti-
and Los Angeles distinguished themselves' by raising more than ¶1,000,-
mated 10,000 Jews in the Czech and
000 each.
Slovak federal states. Their destiny
has been and will be closely linked
with that of the 3,000,000 Jews in

• , S.
• • .• • ■ I
the USSR and the hundreds of thou-
advertisement brought a spate of
sands of Jews still in Hungary,
letters-to-the-editor in its wake.
(Copyright 1969, JTA, Inc.)
• OM
Poland and Romania.
LONDON—Colonialism is a habit The Times' letters-to-the-editor
There is no need to Inquire about
mind which survives the colonies are not like other letters-to-the-edi-
the reaction of the Czech Jewish
- also the mandates, only more so. tor. They are an institution, a for-
community to recent developments
Mrs. Emma Schaver attends the site-dedication ceremony of the You sometimes have the feeling um, an outlet for protest and pub-
in their country. The answer to that
Lazaroff-Schaver dormitory on Mount Scopus. With her is University here that the Palestine Mandate is lic indignation. Also an opportunity
question can be found in facts.
still in operation; it is as if Britain for the ventilation of prejudice,
Since last August, about one President Avraham Harman. • • *
still had a locus stand' in the Mid- outlandish ideas, eccentric notions
third of the Jewish population has
JERUSALEM—"My job as nu- I to rehabilitate its first campus on dle East. There is a subconscious and sheer bigotry.
has left the country and a good
Christopher Mayhew, a member
many of the 10,000 still there are tional president of the 'Builders of I Scopus. "We must do everything desire to go back to Arabia, very
living in an atmosphere of mount- Scopus' division of the American in our power to reverse the tra- much litre the desire to go back to of Parliament and one of the con-
tributors to the four-page display,
ing concern.
Friends of the Hebrew University gedy
which in
the Hebrew
wrote to say that the contributers
1948 when
The gathering clouds of anti-
British Jews often also act as if were all "acknowledged experts on
Semitism are causing at least as of Jerusalem will be to transmit , Scopus was cut off as an isolated
much concern to gentile reformers the urgency of our mission to peo- I enclave in hostile territory.
course they are devoted to Israel. the Middle East" who ought to be
heard but never are unless in a
in Czechoslovakia as to the less pie in the United States," said De-
"We cannot regain those years But they send delegations to the paid advertisement. He was exag-
vocal Jewish leadership of the troiter Mrs. Emma Schaver, dur- which preceded the liberation of foreign office, and they get terri- gerating a bit, but let that pass.
country. An outstanding example ing a visit to Jerusalem for the 1 the road to Scopus and the re- bly worried about articles, broad-
The question is: How do you know
has been supplied by "Listy," the
1 unification of Jerusalem during casts and letters-to-the-editor that a Middle East expert? One of the
valiant official organ of the Czecho- , site•dedication of a dormitory.
the Six-Day War in 1967," she
greatest of them was on record 35
Slovak Writer's Union, whose last 1 To be built on the Mount Scopus '
"But we can, perhaps, corn- advertisement in the Times of Lon- years ago that "you cannot swing
issue, at least for the time being,' campus of the Hebrew University, I said
pensate for them by helping the don is treated like a major political a cat in Palestine." Field-Marshal
reached London during the first it will bear her own name and '
to grow and making setback.
Lord Montgomery himself was on
week of April with the simultaneous that of her brother, Alan Lazaroff 1 I It university
This will explain why a recent record 21 years ago that "the
possible for more and more
announcement from Prague that of Los Angeles.
four-page insertion in the Times, Arabs will beat the Jews for sixes."
students to enrich their lives—
publication of the periodical, to-
Mrs. Schaver, president of the and ultimately the future of all
paid for by the Arab League with
In case the qualification is ac-
gether with several others which Central Overall Supply Co., is a mankind — at the university,"
Kuwaiti money, caused British cepted, I hasten to point out that
had taken a serious view of the founder of the Harry S. Truman said Mrs. Scheyer before the
Jews sleepless nights. The non-
the present writer is an acknowl-
reform movement, had been "sus- Center for the Advancement of ceremony in Jerusalem this
Jews hardly noticed it but the
edged Middle East expert.
Peace at the Hebrew University month.
Jews scrutinized every word and
At the moment, British Jews,
In a classically courageous piece and took part this month in a meet-
Looking hack On her "30 or 40" had a lovely orgy of masochism. and presumably other Jews too, are
of Czech journalism, the paper de- ing of its board of trustees. cons visits to Jerusalem since 1932, she How can they say such things?
worried about Israel's rejec-
voted almost an entire page to a
Mrs. Schaver expressed
reflected on the special meaning The top people's paper, too!
Some wealthy Jews offered to tion of the Security Council's reso-
day reality." The article, signed by plete faith in the university's plans that Mount Scopus has for her She
lution on Jerusalem. Israel stands
looked forward to the next five pay for a similar slice of the
years during which the Mount 'limes. However, it was pointed out alone once more!
They tend to forget that Israel
' Scopus campus will grow into a to them in time that the cash could
teaching, research and residence easily buy four dwellings for new (lid not do too badly on its own in
1956 and 1967. It is when Is-
center, serving thousands of stu• immigrants in Israel,
As was to be expected, the Arab rael consults its friends that it
dents and faculty members.
tends to regret it. But worried
people cannot be helped with such
COUPLE looking for a bargain in the used-car market
cynical observations, of course,
almost fell for a sporty looking job that the dealer in-
when they are based upon in-
sisted had been drivels, only four or five times by the pro-
controvertible facts.
verbial old lady. At the
lust minute, however, they
Historian Traces
discovered that the old
hadn't driven to church
of Jews
—but in the county stock
car races.

Over 10,000,000 Jews of European
Sant Zolotow, best known
descent—more than 80 per cent of
and respected reporter of
world Jewry—trace their origin to
Broadway's theatrical sec-
10,000 Franco-German Jews of the
tor, has retired after fifty
8th Century, a group — totaling
years of valiant service.
less than one half of 1 per cent
During those years, he won
of world Jewry—having unusual in-
the respect and friendship
telligence, adaptability, commercial
of stars, producers, and
skill and wealth as well as great
smaller personnel a l i k e,
devotion to the study and observ-
though his misleading fero-
cious expression intimidated
ance of Judaism, according to Dr.
and scared off many of them until they got to•know him.
Irving A. Agus, professor of Jewish
Zolotow was giving Producer Max Gordon a hard time over
history at Yeshiva University.
proved by Jericho Lodge, International Order of the Odd Fellows.
the phone one morning. After his third embarrassing query,
The findings of Dr. Agus are pre-
The event will take place Sept. 2 at the Elmwood Casino, Windsor.
Gordon exploded, ''Sam, don't look at me like that!"
sented in his book, "The Heroic

Co•chalrmeit Jerome Friedman and Leo Furst, both past grands,
said that the program would be geared to the motto "Peace and Age of Franco-German Jewry,"
published by Yeshiva University.
Duty to the Past, Present and Future". Jericho is the only Jewish
"I look for honesty in a person, but in a woman's case, I'm
An expert on life in pre-Crusade
Odd Fellows lodge in the state of Michigan and has received many
willing to settle for good legs."—Carl Reiner.
fraternal honors. Jericho members wishing to participate in this Europe, Dr. Agus says that the
"The biggest difference between men and boys is the cost of
of the elite Franco-
historic event, at no charge, may call Furst, EL 7-1536. Shown
their toys."—Annabelle.
"Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy,
are committee members (from left) seated: Harry Weinberg, Mar- German group have multiplied 250
and hell-bent to talk about it:'—Franklin P. Jones.
cus Shapiro, Noble Grand Joseph Katz and William Hacker; stand- times more than other Jewish
ethnic divisions.
ing: Past Grands Harry Petok, Joe Widlan, Friedman and Furst.
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