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August 01, 1969 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-08-01

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Trudeau Tells Concern for Welfare
of Jews in Arab Lands. Soviet Union

He added that Canada continued
MONTREAL (JTA) — P r i m e I
Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau to give "its full support to the
told the Jewish Telegraphic Agen- I efforts of the United Nations, in
cy in an exclusive Interview that particular the mission" of Dr. Gun-
the Canadian government "has nar V. Jarring, who was named
shown its concern for the Jewish as special peace envoy but whose
minorities living in several Arab mission has been suspended for
countries and has on occasion several months while Big Four
been able to be of some aosist- talks have been held.
Trudeau added that his gov-
a nee."
ernment was "at all times pre-
The prime minister made this
pared to consider means by
disclosure in prepared replies to
which it may usefully act to
a series of questions submitted to
help achieve this end."
him by the JTA Montreal corre-
spondent Michael M. Solomon.
The prime minister, in reply to
Ile also declared that his gov- another question, assured Cana-
dian
Jews that the language bill
ernment had been "particularly
disturbed" by recent reports on now before the House of Commons,
embodying
his government's bi-
the plight of members of the Jew-
ish community in Iraq "and is lingualism policy, should not be

giving this matter serious consid-
eration.'I Ile added that Minister
of Manpower and Immigration
Allan MacEachen and Mitchell
Sharp. the secretary of state for
external affairs. had been study-
inc means by which the Canadian
government "might assist in rem-
edying this situation."

Who Wrote It?

a cause for any concern. Stressing
that his goal was to assure "the
rights and privileges" of Cana-
dians whose language is French,
as well as to those whose language
is English, he told the JTA that
it was not his government's pur-
pose "to discriminate against
other languages or other cultural
groups."

He added that his government
believed that "the special charac-
a is g reatly
t er of
by the contribution brought by
Canadians of many different back-
grounds, languages and racial ex-
tractions. Our hope is that these
cultures will flourish and it is the
policy of the present government
to assist them as best we can."

By RABBI SAMUEL SILVER

(A Seven Arts Feature)

We are the beneficiaries of many Gott tzu danken,
Gott vet geben,
literary gems whose authorship we Zol
men nor leben un zein gezunt.
don't know.
When I was wont to travel far,
Some of the leftiest statements They couldn't provide me with a car.
have to be attributed to that ubiqui- AU I got was words:
Gey verunt,
ous litterateur, Anonymous.
gey pamelech,
Ile warned that questions on ,
' Hover, every once in a while we hob a glickliche trete.
"very
delicate
I
a
procedures were
wanted to increase my knowledge,
track down the origin of I But
they couldn't send me to college;
matter. since, if any action on the are able to
some masterpiece we have ad- All I got was, words.
part of the Canadian government
Bob
saychel,
mired. In this column I am asking Zei nit
kein nar,
were to he misinterpreted, it
my readers whether they know who Toireh iz di beste schoireh.
might lead to a worsening of the
The
years have flown
wrote
the
following.
It
has
been
the world has turned
situation in which the Jewish
widely quoted and reprinted, but Things I've forgotten
community now finds itself."
things I've Learned,
who was responsible for creating it Yet
I still remember;
He added that "We hope to be
I don't know. It's called "All I Got Zog dem Emes
able to take some positive steps

through diplomatic channels in Was Words," and its heart-warm-
ing text is like this:
the near future," but he did not
IS hen I was young , and fancy-free,
elaborate.
My folks had no fine clothes for me.

Trudeau was asked whether the
Canadian government might inter-
vene "with the Soviet government
in respect of granting Soviet Jews
elementary rights they are de-
prived of at present." He replied
that his government "follows
closet:, devel wments" affecting
the human rights of Soviet Jews.
lie said that the suffering of Jews
in Europe under the Nazis "have
given us a sense of special moral
responsibility to oppose anti-Semi-
tism wherever it may occur."
He declared that the Soviet Un-
ion was "sensitive to public criti-
cism about its treatment of Soviet
Jewry. and Canada does not hesi-
tate to make its views known."
However, he told the JTA, wheth-
er those views should be expressed
through direct representations, or
other means, depended "on an
assessment of what approach is
likely to be the most effective."
He declared that the Soviet gov-
ernment "is aware that this ques-
tion is a complicating factor in
Soviet-Canadian relations."
The prime minister said his gov-
ernment had found no evidence
to support complaints from Cana-
dian Jewish organizations that
Nazi war criminals had taken re-
fuge in Canada after World War
Ii and through false statements
obtained naturalization giving
them equal rights with native Ca-
nadian citizens.
The prime minister said, "We
have investigated all the alleged
cases which have been brought
to our attention" and "we have
not found any evidence that citi-
zenships have been obtained on
the basis of such false state-
ments."
In another question, Trudeau
was asked about a statement by
Justice Minister John Turner that
a measure to ban hate literature
was not on the government's pri-
ority legislation list. Trudeau re-
plied that "unfortunately, because
of a backlog of legislation, it will
not be possible to deal with the
bill before the house adjourns for
the summer recess." The Cana-
dian Parliament will be recon-
vened October 25.
The prime minister reiterated
his government's position that real
peace in the Middle East "requires
agreement and consent on the part
of Israel and the Arab states. It
cannot be imposed."

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
12.,-Meety, Amps/ :I, 3969 . . ,

AU I got was words:

Gib Tzeclakalt,
Hob rachniones
Zei a Mensch.
ALL I got was words;
Yet I'm truly rich.
Author, anyone?

Producer Quits Poland for Israel

made a considerable impression
TEL AVIV (JTA)—World-famous
here, it was reported.
Polish film producer Alexander
The statement cited a report In
Ford, who left his native land last
month after being stopped from the newspaper concerning the in-
preparing a film on the life of a tention of the Polish Communist
Jewish educator, has decided to regime to suspend all emigration
of
o Jews as of Sept. 1. The manner
settle in Israel with his family.
of that report seemed to suggest
He has signed an agreement to
produce a film based on Russian that "Polish Jews were leaving
author Alexander Solzhenitzyn's comfortably and of their own free
book "The First Circle" in coopera- choice. We therefore declare that
tion with Israeli producer Giora Jews in Poland are being vilified,
Goddik. In Poland, Ford was pro- deprived of their jobs and means
ducing a film entitled "Janos Kor- of livelihood, compelled to surrend•
chak," named for a man who per- er their passports before departure
ished in a concentration camp with and some are even compelled to
surrender their academic degrees
his pupils.
and other qualifications."
Ford said his film was stopped
The statement then added that
because Polish authorities, who are "We realize that because we still
still conducting an anti-Jewish prop- have friends and relatives in Po-
aganda campaign, felt his work land, you must keep our names,
was not fitting at this time.
which we supply herewith, out of
Meanwhile, the Neue Zuericher the paper."
Zeitung, a leading Swiss news-
paper published a statement from
If YOU TUN MI
a group of Jews just arrived from
Poland whose names were with-
held to avoid hurting relatives
IMAM SCAM YOU woW?
FWD A PAM VANE THAD.
still remaining in Poland. The
editor appended a note to the
statement that the names were
known and had been checked.
The newspaper rarely prints un-
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