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November 27, 1970 - Image 43

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-11-27

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THE DETROIT JEWISH PEWS

Friday, ti•rambor 27, 1970-43

ADL Leader Urges Support of Nixon on M.E.

NEW YORK—Seymour Graub- rectify the situation—to fulfill his
ard, national chairman of the Anti- promise of maintaining a balance
Defamation League of Bnat Brith of power in the Mid East"
urged nationwide support of Pres-
The ADL leader went on to say
ident Nixon in his "statesmanlike that only with public backing of
and courageous position" on Israel. the President's stand can Congress
Addressing an ADL Women's be moved to act swiftly on passage
Division luncheon at the Plaza of the bill before it appropriates
Hotel in honor of Mrs. Itzhak military and economic aid to
Rabin, wife of the Israeli ambassa- Israel.
Calling Middle East issues an
dor to the United States, Graubard
said "It Is clear that the President American concern, Graubard said
understands Israel's position on Israel is the U.S.A.'s "bastion and
Egypt's violation of the cease-fire shield in that part of the world."
He said that "one small nation,
agreement."
Israel, has stood in the way of
"Mr. Nixon," he declared, "must the Soviet Union's grand expan-
be backed in his determination to sionist ideas."

Czech Jew in Israel With UJA Aid

Dan Maid, a 22-year-old Czech who came to Israel with the help
of the United Jewish Appeal, works in the library of Hebrew Univer-
sity. He is a student counselor for immigrant students at the Uni-
versity.

Birth Announcernents

Nov. 21—To Mr. and Mrs. Mar-
vin S. Littky (Roberta Meadows
of Skokie), 30250 Westbrook,
Southfield, a son, Joseph Harold.
• • •
Nov. 20—To Mr. and Mrs. Rob-
ert Loring Cohen (Cynthia Brem-
er), 23206 Ennishore, Novi, a son,
Jonathan Harold.

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Nov. 15—To Mr.:and Mrs. Ber-
nard Baskin (Arlene Milstein),
21710 Parklawn, Oak Park, a son,
Eric Scott.

• *
Nov. 15—To Mr. and Mrs. Don-
ald Freedman (Marilyn Foster),
21971 Cloverlawn, Oak Park, a son,
Scott Alan.
• • •
Nov. 10—To Mr. and Mrs. Morton
Eskin (Barbara Pelavin), 4911
Thorntree, Walled Lake, a son,
Jonathan Howard.
• • •
Nov. 9—To Mr. and Mrs. Mar-
vin Hayman (Sandra Berman),
4062 W. 13 Mile, Royal Oak, a
daughter, Gayle Elyse.
• * •
Nov. 5—To Dr. and Mrs. Law-
rence M. Loewenthal (Shirley
Rosenberg), former Detroiters of
Springfield, Mo., a son, Jeffrey
David.
o t •
Nov. 3—To Mr. and Mrs. Edward
Silberblatt (Tobie Kahn), 23551
Moritz, Oak Park, a daughter, Lisa
Faye.
• • •
Nov. 2 — To Mr. and Mrs. Jo-
seph Hebert (Linda Malin), 21125
Middlebelt, Farmington, a son,
David Michael.
• •
Oct. 31—To Mr. and Mrs. Marc
I. Rich (Cindy Smiler), 3256 Coo-
lidge, Royal Oak, a daughter, Jodi
Ann.
• • •
Oct. 30—To Mr. and Mrs. Nor-
man Herbst (Linda Lawson), 4618
Fifteen Mile, Sterling Heights, a
son, Bradley David:
• • •
Oct. 26—To Sp. 5 and Mrs. Ivan
J. Valentine (Nanci Kahn), 20121
Mark Twain, a son, Marshall Ross.
• • •
Oct. 2—To Mr. and Mrs. Albert
Levey (Gerri Weinberger of De-
troit) of Phoenix, a daughter,
Stephanie Faye.

Catholic Critic Berates Passion Play
for Its 'Uncured Anti-Semitic Bias'

NEW YORK (JTA)—A Catholic
writer asserted this week that
"You don't have to be Jewish to
dislike Oberammergau's Passion
Play," adding: "You don't even
have to go to Bavaria to view it,
as I did, in order to recognize its
published script's inconsistencies
with Scripture and its uncured
anti-Semitic bias."
John E. Fitzgerald, who covered
"this well-known and interna-
tionally disputed folk pageant" for
the national Catholic weekly "Our
Sunday Visitor," elaborated on his
reactions in a front-page report
in the Nov. 18 issue of Variety,
the show business weekly.
Fitzgerald added: "This latest
production, the 36th in a 386-year
history, is not just a bad produc-
tion of a good play, nor a good
production of a bad one, but a
had play done badly.
Although dealing with a highly
dramatic series of incidents, 'Das
Passionspiele' turns out to be a
dull bit of drama, banal as well
as bigoted."
But, the writer added, "Some-
one must like Oberammergau's
Passion Play, for repeatedly
they have had sellout audiences
and a tremendous tarnaway of
thousands of ticket requests . . .
This season's 98 performances
have been seen by 500,000 or
so tourists—actually somewhat
less than that since the anti-
Semitic publicity caused many
ticket cancellations.
"Still, the production will prob-
ably bring in more than $10,000,-
000 to this alpine hamlet whose
principal industry in other years
is woodcarving.
"It seems ironic," the Catholic
writer declared, "that Christians
can miss the anti-Semitic tone of
the 1.970 production . . . The irony
of Christians failing to perceive
such a tone is compounded by that
of Germans perpetrating, perhaps
unwittingly, such a concept . . .
Nevertheless, no German can af-
ford to possibly further that which
he or she especially should fight.
"Thus, in what Pd humbly call
my professional opinion, I'd
apathetically suggest that .the pre-
sent text should be either tho-
roughly rewritten or scrapped.
However, personally and ethieelbt,
as well as professionally and
aesthetically, I must angrily add
that I feel that it must be re-
written or scrapped."
fltzgerald recalled that Adolf

Yeshiva U. to Mark
25th Anniversary

NEW YORK—Yeshiva's 25 years
as a university will be celebrated
at the institution's annual Hanuka
dinner Dec. 13 at the Plaza Hotel,
Manhattan.
The dinner will focus on the
growth and development of the
school during its leadership over
the past quarter-century by Dr.
Samuel Belkin, president.
University citations for "leader-
ship in higher education, in ex-
pressing the Judaic heritage and
in contributing to the vitality and
progress of the nation," will be
bestowed upon Samuel M. Elow-
sky, Joseph Lorch and Ephraim
Propp.
University status was granted
Yeshiva by the New York State
Board of Regents Nov. 16, 1945,
seine Ea years after its humble
beginnings in a rented room on
New York's Lower East Side.
The early, difficult beginnings,
the merger with the Rabbi Isaac
Elchanan Theological Seminary in
1915, and the many moves to dif-
ferent locations in the city, cul-
minated in 1928 with the school's
occupation of its first permanent
home in Manhattan's Washington
Heights (Main Center) and the
establishment of Yeshiva College.
Under its first president, Dr.
Bernard Revel, who died in 1940,
and continuing with Dr. Samuel
Belkin, who assumed the office in
1943, Yeshiva moved to broaden
its base as an educational insti-
tution.

Hitler, who saw the Passion Play
in 1934, wrote in 1942 that *lever
has the menace of Jewry been so
convincingly portrayed" and that
Pontius Pilate "stands out like
a firm clean rock in the middle of
the whole muck and mire of
Jewry."
Catholic-Jewish Relations
Reported at ADTIme High;
Anti-Semitism Still Widespread
WASHINGTON, D.C. . (JTA)-
The secretariat for Catholic-Jew-
ish relations of the committee for
ecumenical and interreligious af-
fairs of the National Conference
of Catholic Bishops reported that
Catholic-Jewish relations in the
United States was at an all-time
high.
In the past five years, the unit
said, the two religions have
reached a point "which has never
been witnessed before in Christian
history."
Detroit was among the 35 dio-
ceses with apparatus for handling
Catholic-Jewish relations, which
had made progress.
"For the first time in our his-
tory," the secretariat stated, "re-
lations between Jews and Chris-
tians, the church and synagogue
approach the normal, with Chris-
tians and Jews approaching each
other in full respect and brotherly
love and in dialogue."
The church in America "has
performed with distinction" in
this area, the report noted, but
it listed such "serious obstacles
in our path" as "low-toned and
unconscious" anti-Semitism, the
slighting of Judaism in Catholics'
concept of Christianity, and Chris-
tian apathy regarding the fate of
Israel.
In London, the Roman Catholic
primate of England declared here
that the persecution of the Jews
in Germany, not the bomb dropped
on Hiroshima, was the "greatest
shock suffered by mankind in
modern times."
John Cardinal Heenan, Arch-
bishop of Westminster, said it
would be educationally valuable
to screen films of Bergen-Belsen
for young people once a year
so that they could see "what was
done in the name of national
purity and eugenics by 20th Cen-
tury !nen and women."
Cardinal Heenan made his re-
marks in a lecture to students of
the London School of Economics.
He said the great shock was
the realization that national
leaders in the 20th Century
could plan the systematic de-
struction of a whole race,"
which put an end to belief in
the myth of human progress."

He said that although the trials
of the criminals responsible for
the torture and murder continue
to this day, "the full horror is
scarcely known to citizens under
40 years of age."
The cardinal also disclosed that
he had personally effected the
recent resumption of British Cath-
olic representation on the Council
of Christians and Jews after a
hiatus of 20 years.
Cardinal ,Heenan, speaking at a
luncheon of the Foreign Press As-
sociation, said that he was "from
the very beginning dissatisfied"
with the Holy See's ordering
Catholics off the interfaith coun-
cil. "My investigations showed
at the time that Rome had as-
sumed that the Council was against
church schools," he recalled.
On acceding to his current
post, "this issue was uppermost
In my mind," and he informed
the Vatican that Catholic ab-
sence from the Council "is being
Interpreted as anti-Semitism,
which is not only untrue but
actually harmful."
"As you know," the primate
told the press group, "the Vatican
does not like to change things in
a hurry. But I told them that I
was returning to the Council of
Christians and Jews and that the
next time I come to Rome I will
have added the joint presidency
of the council to my office,' And
so I did."

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