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September 25, 1970 - Image 23

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-09-25

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Jacques SoUstelle's Zionist-Israel History

JACQUES SOUSTELLE

Jacques Soustelle, controversial
figure in French politics, an early
associate of Charles de Gaulle who
later broke with him; who was
exiled from France for his opposi-
tion to the Algerian policy in 1961
and permitted to return to his
homeland in 1968; and who was
again a challenger of Abe govern-
ment, has written a history—"The
March of Israel: From Theodor
Herzl to the Present Day."
Apparently the text, published
by Heritage Press, was finished
before the controversy over the
arms embargo. But the entire vol-
nition that "the long march of Is-
rael is not finished."
march of Israel is not finished."

That is why his 27 short
stories, In his book entitled "Re-
vell et the APPrestices," Pub -
Ihthed by Mamas Yoseloft, has

A strong supporter of the Irgun,
Soustelle was influenced by the
Jabotinsky movement and he takes
an adamant stand in defense of
Israel. A founder of the French-
Israel Alliance Committee, he is
steeped in knowledge of and dedi-
cation to the Zionist cause.

In the course of his analysis of
Zionist history, preceding his com-
ments on the emergence of Israel
and the historic occurrences in
the Jewish state, Soustelle touches
upon the international affairs that
so much fascination. Ably trans- affected Zionism and the move-
lated from the Yiddish by Etta ment's appeals with the world
Blum, these tales are based on communities.
actual life experiencei. That's
He deals with the personalities
what gives them status.
in the movement and his historical
record
becomes both a history, a
His parents come in for affec-
tion. He describes labor leaders summary of world affairs, a com-
on New York's East Side. He has mentary of Jewish activities and
known about racketeers and gan , a who's who in Zionism.
sters and is able to write about
The first vocational high school
them from first hand knowledge.
He feels the plight of the refugee for girls in Palestine, the Beth
Zeiroth
Mizrachi, Jerusalem, was
and has ably described it.
His stories are entertaining, established 37 years ago by the
they contain genuine humor. But Mizrachi Women's Organization
of America.
they also are instructive because
they deal with life's tribulations
and the knowledge about an age
in turmoil.
The publishers and the transla-
tor in her explanatory preface ex-
plain that during most of his ca-
reer the author wrote under the
Pseudonym B. Alquit but now de-
sires to utilize his own name of
Eliezer Blum.
The able translator is herself
noted for her poetic skill and is
therefore especially well suited for
this translating job. —P.S.

Eliezer Blum-Alquit's Yiddish
Stories in English Translations

Eliezer Blum-Alquit has an in-
teresting background. Born in
Chelm, Poland, 73 years ago,. he
was apprenticed to a tailor upon
the death of his parents but he
made his way to this country after
living in Vienna and Warsaw, and
he began his Americanism at the
age of 20. From that point on he
was a self-made man. He had pre-
paratory school education, but he
mastered Yiddish, learned English,
of course, became an editor of
Jewish Morning Journal, worked
in the Jewish newspaper field with
some of the most noted Jewish
writers and wrote so extensively
that his essays and short stories
ran into the hundreds.
All his tales are based on his
experiences in the Old World and
in this country and they are fas-
cinating as the reactions to the
old- and the new, to the world that
vanished and to the new world
that gave hint his American back-
ground and experience.

Extensively annotated, it Is

evident that the distinguished
Frenchman, a Sorbonne profes-
sor who was a leading member
of the French Resistance Move-
ment during World War II, had
made a thorough study of the
entire history of the Zionist
movement and especially in rela-
tion to most recent events.

Aliya Rises After Leftist
Takes Over Chile Govt.

THE DETROIT JEWS*, PEWS
Friday, September 25, 1970-23

JERUSALEM -(JTA) — Jews
Conversation between Adam and
abroad, once frightened by right- Eve must have been difficult at
wing regimes, are now reacting times because they had nobody to
the same way to left-wing take- talk about —Agnes Repplier.
overs.
According to the Jewish Agen-
cy's immigration department, 80
Golden Retriever
Jewish families in Chile have ap-
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plied for immigration to Israel
because they fear that the new
Ready After Oct. 7
leftist government there might
Call now 353-5593
turn anti-Semitic under Soviet in-
fluence.
Their fear was sparked by the
election of Socialist Party candi-
date Salvador Allende to the pres-
idency with the support of the
Communist Party, Catholics and
various leftist splinter groups.
The election demonstrated a left-
ward trend in the country. Gen.
Uzi Narkiss, head of the immigra-
tion department, said on a radio
broadcast that increased immigra-
tion can be expected from Chile
and other'. Latin American coun-
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