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July 17, 1970 - Image 40

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-07-17

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Capt. Levy Trial Featured in Record
of Disobedience Cases; Random House
Starts a Black-Oriented Magazine

Several of the important trials
that emerged from civil disobedi-
ence and resistence during the
1960s are recorded in an important
collection published by New York
Review of Books and distributed
by Vintage Books.
"Trials of the Resistance" con-
tains an important record of the
trial of Captain Howard Brett
Levy. In two sections, Andrew
Kopkind writes the story of the
sensational case of the Brooklyn
army doctor who rebelled against
the situation that developed with
the U.S. involvement in Vietnam,
who was court-martialed and given
a three-year sentence.
In contrast, the author intro-
duces the prosecutor, Capt. Rich-
ard M. Sbusterman, who is de-
scribed as one of the "well-turn-
ed-out Jews."
Significant in this collection of
essays on noted recent trials is
"The Trial of Bobby Seale" by
Jason Epstein. It is illustrated with
impressive drawings made at the
trial by Jules Feiffer.
Murray Kempton wrote the in-
troduction to this collection of
resistance trials. Writing on the
important cases that were national
sensations are Noam Chomsky,
Ronald Dworkin, Jason Epstein,
Michael Ferber, Francine Gray,
Florence Howe, Paul Lauter, Her-
bert Packer and Emma Rothschild.
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With the appearance of the first
issue of "Amistad," R andom
House has launched the first Black-
oriented literary magazine.
Edited by Charles F. Harris, a

I senior editor at Random House,
and John A. Williams, author of
"The Man Who Cried I Am" and
other novels, the magazine is
planned for biannual publication
during 1970, with the expectation
that it will become a quarterly
thereafter. It will be issued in the
format of the Random House Vin-
tage Books.
The first issue of "Amistad" con-
tains 10 pieces of fiction and non-
fiction by leading black writers.
The fiction includes "Coming
Home," by George Davis, "A Poet
of the People," by Oliver Jack-
man and "Hexorcism of Noxon D.
Awful," by Ishmael Reed.
Amistad is intended to acquaint
the general reading public with the
best fiction and nonfiction by black
authors, and by white authors writ-
ing on black-oriented subjects.
"Amistad," which means "friend-
ship" in Spanish, was the name of
a Spanish schooner whose cargo of
54 African slaves mutinied off the
coast of Cuba in 1839. The ship was
seized by the United States Navy,
and the Africans were imprisoned,
to be tried for the murder of the
captain and three crew members.
The case was eventually carried to
the Supreme Court in 1841, where
the Africans' case was argued by
former President John Quincy
Adams, then a congressman from
Masasachusetts. His reason and
eloquence brought a decision in
favor of the Africans, who were
freed and returned to their home-
land, Sierra Leone, the next year.
A full history of the Amistad case
is printed in the front of the maga-

Memoirs of Mandelshtam's Widow
to Be Published; Recalls Stalin Era

The 400-page memoir by the
widow of the Russian-Jewish poet
Os i p Emilyevich Mandelshtam,
who, during the purges of the
1930s died in Siberia, will be pub-
lished this fall.
The nonconformist writer is por-
trayed, in the memoir, as a rebel
a g a ins t Stalin's suppressionist
policy to which he and his fellow
independent writers were subject-
His widow, Nadezhda Yakov-
levna Mandelshtam, gives the first
authoritative account of their
three-year political exile together
in Voronezh, an industrial city in
European Russia. The exile came
after his arrest in 1934 for having
written a scornful epigram on
Seventy-year-old Mrs. Mandel-
shtam lives in Moscow. Her
manuscript was finished six
years ago, but it was not accept-
ed by the Soviet government
publishing houses. Although her
husband's work was promised
political rehabilitation after Sta-
en'sed.death, it has never hap-

Heidelberg and Paris. He quickly
became known in literary circles
for his pointed sense of humor and
cultivation of Russian culture.
Max Hayward, Oxford University
faculty member and this year's
visiting scholar at Columbia Uni-
versity's Russian Institute, who is
translator of the memoir, told
about the book.
"The bulk of the work deals
with the exile from 1934 to 1937,"
he said, "But there are also lively
reflections about their friends in
the literary world, particularly
Anna Akhmatova and Boris Pas-

Mandelshtam's p o e m, "Twi-
light of Freedom" both welcom-
ed and dreaded the Bolshevik
Revolution. In the '30s, the
polite poet became a loud critic
of Stalinism.

He was arrested in May 1934.
Freed in 1937, he was again arrest-
ed in May 1938, and sent to Siberia
where he died a few months later.

In a rare biographic sketch of
Mrs. Mandelshtam, Olga Carlisle
wrote in her 1969 book "Poets on
Street Corners": "Russia owes an
extraordinary debt to Mandelsh-
tam's widow, Nadezhda Yakov-
levna Mandelshtam. An English
scholar, she was brought up in a
highly cultivated Jewish milieu in
Kiev. In the '20s she studied art
with one of Russia's best con-
temporary painters, Alex a n d e r
Tishler. At the risk of their life,
JERUSALEM (JTA)—A protest in time of persecutions and war,
against the anti-Israel resolutions she managed to save Mandelsh-
of the World Congress of Christians tam's unpublished manuscripts—
for Palestine, issued in Beirut, more than half of his life's work."
Lebanon on May 10, was published
here by the Ecumenical Theologi-
Fraternity of Israel,
One of the typescripts of the a group of Christian theologians
memoir, however, has reached trying to deepen Jewish-Christian
the West and will be published
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The statement said that if jus-
simultaneously by Atheneum Pub-
lishers, New York, and William tice is to be done to both Jews and
Collins Sons and Co., Ltd., Lon- Arabs, the historic link between 1'11I117
don, next September. The acquisi- the Jewish people and the land
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tion is known as a major coup in of Israel must be taken into con-
the publishing field.
The theologians protested the '710 iri941D
Mandelshtam, born in Warsaw
claim of the Beirut Congress to
in 1891, was the son of a Jewish
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represent "universal" Christian
businessman. He came to St.
opinion and said, "We consider
Petersburg at 19 after studying in
that Christians should promote
peace among men and not en- nr3
courage hatred."
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recipes and advice for making
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every woman a "beryah" (an ex- "Only an extreme bias can prevent
pert homemaker).
a Christian from seeing that the
The Jewish Braille Institute pro- Jews have derived their concepts
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vides for the cultural and religious of people, land and relation to the
needs of the Jewish blind and Lord from their annual reading of
serves thousands of sightless per- the Bible.
sons throughout the world without
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charge. Its program is endorsed presence of the Jewish people from
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ple Sisterhoods, which founded the tory in this land shows that there
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institute and is its patron, and by has always been a link between
the National Women's League of the Jewish people and the land
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and the Women's Branch of the is to be done to the Jews as well
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congre- as the Arabs, this link must be DVP,P
gations of America.
taken into consideration."
The institute's headquarters are
at 110 30th St.. New York, where VOICE OF JERUSALEM
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it maintains a free circulating lib
rary of more than 20,000 Braille
volumes and an extensive collec- Bedouin Market
tion of full-length recorded "talk-
ing books." It publishes the Jew- in Beersheba
ish Braille Review, a monthly lit-
(Editor's Note: The translation
erary magazine, and also issues from the Hebrew for this column is
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Hebrew-English Braille prayerbooks by Daniel Kaplan, son of Mr. and
and the Bible in Hebrew Braille. Mrs. Percy Kaplan, a graduate of
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Day School. Danny, a high
English and Hebrew Braille texts
are given to Jewish blind children school senior, is presently visiting
attending religious schools.

Christian Clerics
Hit Colleagues for
Anti-Israel Parley

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Blind Author's Recipe Book a Braille Best Seller

"Treasured Jewish Recipes,"
written as part of a program of
rehabilitation therapy by the au-
thor after going blind, has become
a Braille best seller of the free
Jewish Braille Library of the Jew-
ish Braille Institute of America.
It is in demand by blind home-
makers—Jewish and non-Jewish—
in the United States and Canada,
and throughout the world, includ-
ing Israel.
Shaner Greenwald, a veteran of
the Women's Army Corps, oper-
ated the Kol Tov food service in
Albany, N. Y. She wrote this per-
sonal book of Jewish recipes from
"forshpeis" (appetizers) to old-
fashioned ("haimish') desserts af-
ter losing her sight three years
ago. The book has also been re-

corded for the blind and partially-
blind who do not read Braille.
"Thdre's more to Jewish cooking
than chicken soup," Miss Green-
wald said. "Mama baked 'hallas'
when she was a girl in a Polish
'shtetl'. She was taught by a real
'meiven,' her mother, my Bubeh
Sarah," Miss Greenwald com-
mented. "Bubeh gave me recipes
by example, telling me to 'top'
(feel) and larzuh' (taste). Her
measure was an eight-ounce 'Yahr-
zeit' glass." All of Bubeh's reci-
pes are in the book with that old
country flavor of the world of
Sholom Aleichem that is no more.
Shaner Greenwald today is thor-
oughly rehabilitated to a vital nor-
mal life without sight. She does
her own housework, sewing, cook-


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Shaner Greenwald, blind au-
thor, shows her cook book to her
mother, Mrs. Lena Greenwald.

This year is a year of drought in
Israel, and the Bedouin tribes are suf-
fering severely. The livlihood of the
Bedouin is derived from the camel. He
drinks its milk; cats its meat; and
from its hide he repairs the tents in
which he lives. In a drought year. the
pasture grass does not grow in the
fields of the Negev and the wilder-
ness, and the Bedouin is forced to
sell some of his camels, because he is
unsuccessful in finding enough food for
The market in Beersheba operates
twice a week, and serves as a meeting
place for Bedouins from all over the
They come to Beersheba in masses.
because besides sheep and camels, it
is possible to buy in the market all
kinds of things that are not sold any-
where else in the country. It is even
possible to obtain medicine against
hopeless love from an old quack doc-
tor who sits under the eucalyptus tree
at the edge of the market place.
During that tune, the life around the
market place in new Beersheba is
Mining (noisy), and is developing at
a rapid pace. Most of her residents
have not seen Beersheba in the period
preceding the establishment of the
state of Israel, when it was a small
town, neglected and backward with
hardly any Jewish settlers.
The Bedouin market is a memory
that was left (remained with) Beer-
sheba, and she is guarding it as if
it was a page from a book of legends.

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