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July 10, 1970 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-07-10

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Leftists, Neo-Fascists Strange Bedfellows

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
20—Friday, July 10, 1970

in French Anti-Israel, Anti-Semitic Drive

Human Aspect Factor
in Children's Story

By EDWIN EYTAN

(Copyright 1970, JTA, Inc.)

PARIS—The anti-Zionist propa-

ganda conducted in French univer-
sities by a strange alliance of left-
ist elements, neo-Fascist groups
and the large body of Arab stu-
dents has now started taking a
sharp turn toward open and ag-
gressive "anti-Semitism."
The posters put up by all these
groups, which for the first time
seem to be united on at least one
point, increasingly use anti-Jewish
cartoons, open anti-Semitic expres-
sions, and a clear-cut appeal to

ficiency" and lack of determina-
tion.
When these Jewish students,
grouped within two main bodies,
the UEJF (Union of Jewish Stu-

dents of France) and FEJ (Fed-
eration of Jewish Students), try
to reply and explain their and
Israel's stand, they are forcibly
prevented from doing so. Thus,
several hundred leftist students,
wearing steel helmets and wield-
ing iron bars and bicycle chains,
broke up a meeting two weeks
ago organized by the Jewish
groups at the Censier campus.
fundamental anti-Semitic senti-
Jewish and Zionist posters are
ments to conduct their anti-Zionist regularly torn down and smeared,
and those pasting them up assault-
campaign.
Members of the Union of French
Jewish Students report that the
large, leftist-oriented UNEF (Na-
tional Union of French Students)
has started using anti-Semitic argu-
ments for its campaigns.
Thus, the UNEF now claims
I. J. Singer, the brother of Isaac
that "Zionists are agents of the
Bashevis Singer, like his brother,
Rothsehilds and of big business."
gained
world fame with his popular
These arguments are accompa-
novels. His "Yoshe Kalb" created
nied by cartoons describing the
a
sensation
in 1932, and in 1933 it
"war-mongering Zionists" tinder
was staged as a play under the
typical anti-Semitic tracts, remi-
title
"The
Sinner."
His "Brothers
niscent of another era.
The arguments of the still more Ashkenazi" became equally power-
ful even before he had become an
leftist bodies, such as pro-Chinese
American citizen in 1939.
revolutionary student groups, or of
Very recently, his "Family Car-
the Arab elements, are still more
openly and more violently anti- novsky" was reissued and again
Semitic. The neo-Fascists, especial- is a popular novel. His death oc-
ly the new groups now being re- curred in 1944.
organized by the Sidos brothers
Now, posthumously, another of
are using all the old anti-Semitic I. J. Singer's great works, "Steel
and
Iron," a novel about Polish
arguments, plus the claim that
"Zionists and Jews are the agents
Jewry during and after World
of world Communism and revolu- War I, and the beginnings of
tion."
Kerensky's rule in Russia, is
Most of these groups, and espe- gaining a wide reading public.
Issued in a translation from the
cially the leftist ones, have openly
and officially denied Israel's right Yiddish by the author's son, Jo-
to existence, as the UNEF did in seph Singer, this work is an ef-
1968 during its annual congress at
fective human document.
Strasbourg.
Published by Funk and Wag-
The most intensive campaign is nails, in a commendable transla-
being conducted in the traditional tion, this is a work that indicated
strongholds of the left, the univer- the degradations in wartime, the
sity campuses of Nanterre and horrors under revolutionary devel-
Censier in Paris. Factions on these opments, the struggles for endur-
campuses voted in 1968 for resolu- ance, the tragedies of Jewish re-
tions expressing their full support fugees.
for the "Palestine Arab Liberation
The story revolves around a de-
movement" and are currently step- , serter, Benjamin Lerner, who
ping up their campaigns.
escaped from the Russian army in
Several students have also re- 1915, who lived the life of horror
portedly left Paris to volunteer for among refugees in that era, whose
the FPLP (Popular Front for the uprootedness was part of the
Liberation of Palestine camps in struggle for survival and of the
Jordan. Others are reportedly plan- despair that engulfed so many in
ning to join the still more extrem- that war period. The wind-up is
ist FPLP general command.
the rise of Alexander Kerensky's
The Jewish students attending
rule, Lerner's assumption of a
French universities, many of dominant role among the ruling
whom have in the past been ac- soldiers, and the continuing drama-
tive in the ranks of the leftist tic factors in a crucial period.
I. J. Singer's book, in his son's
organizations suddenly find them-
selves squeezed between the ag- English translation, merits the
gressive propaganda to which same interest at "Yohe Kalb" and
they are exposed and their own "Brothers Ashkenazi" and seems
sentiments of "intellectual insuf- destined for that best-seller role.

I. J. Singer's
Steel and Iron

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ed by the leftist factions and the
Arab students. One of the Jewish
students is quoted in the current
issue of the French Jewish monthly
L'Arche as saying that "now we
are reduced to working in a semi-
underground, •posting up our slo-
gans at night and nearly always
risking a violent encounter."
Only a few small Jewish factions,
such as the local Beitar group have
decided to reply in kind, rendering
blow for blow. Their attempts have,
however, been disavowed by the
overwhelming mass of Jewish stu-
dents as well as by most Jewish
groups, who "want to show that we
are not violent and, contrary to
Arab allegations, have no Fascist
tendencies."
Asking for the official interven-
tion of the faculty is impossible, as
the universities themselves find it
impossible to cope with the re-
newed student violence, which last
week devastated the Nanterre cam-
pus and brought all university stu-
dies to a complete standstill.
The main stress is now being
laid by the local Jewish organiza-
tions on trying to group the Jewish
students into efficient and vtell-
organized bodies and to instruct
them in the right arguments to use
in their daily "encounters" with
hate-blinded groups.

Intrigue, Mystery
in 'Rhine Replica'
an Albrand Novel

Adventure, terror, murder, mys-
tery—all are combined in a new
novel by Martha Albrand in which
the current life in Germany is
described and the neo-Nazi dan-
gers are alluded to.
In "Rhine Replica" published
by Random House, the author
outlines the activities of a news-
paperman who undertook a task of
uncovering a plot to overturn the
administrative powers of the ex-
isting government in Bonn.
There is not an allusion to possi-
ble emergence of neo-Nazism but
the mother of a murdered man
refers to the war atrocities during
which not only Jews but others
were victims of the Nazis.
There is a love affair inter-
woven in this story and the mys-
tery of the eventually unraveled
murder is accompanied by action
that makes this intriguing novel
a tensely proferred experience.
The reader will have his attention
held to the end—proof of the effect-
iveness of good writing by Martha
Albrand most of whose life was
spent in Europe. A voluntary exile
from Hitler Germany, her experi-
ences stood her in good stead in
writing her novels, including
"Rhine Replica." In private life
she is Mrs. Sydney Lamon.

Vandals Who Painted
Swastikas Hunted

BONN, (JTA)—West Berlin po-
lice are hunting for vandals who
smeared swastikas on the Jewish
community house and the Nazi vic-
tims' memorial in Plottzenses.

Children's books often contain
the imagery, the drawing power
that can guide adults towards the
literature preferred and the crea-
tive writing that inspires.
Some such books deal with prob-
lems that can be related to the
human elements.
That's the case with "Alexander
and the Wind-Up' Mouse" by Leo
Lionni, published by Pantheon
Books.
Beneath the story about the
friendship between a real mouse
and a mechanical mouse and
underneath the bold colorful col-
lage illustrations, there is a very
real moral tale about the problems
of personal choice and about
whether we are to be real or
mechanical minds.
Alexander's creator, Leo Lionnl,
was born in Holland, educated in
Italy, and holds a PhD. in econ-
omics from the University of
Genoa. He came to the United
States in 1939, was art director for
N. W. Ayer and Son, later went to
Fortune Magazine, was also head
of the graphic design department
of Parsons School and president
of the American Institute of
Graphic Arts.

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