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February 12, 1971 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-02-12

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Haber Heads One
of 3 Task Forces
on Future of Jews

Survivors' Vendetta Related in 'Forged in Fury'

(Continued from Page 12)

tance; all of it, the starvation, the
slaughter, the agony, the courage
NEW YORK — A complete re- . . .
assessment of the current prob-
Wald told Weizmann of the
lems and probable future of Jews
plot — "not all of it; just that
and Judaism in the United States
he and those with him were
and around the world is now in
process under the auspices of the prepared, and almost able, to
spill equal agony upon the Ger-
American Jewish Committee.
This major study, intended for man people; and that they wan-
the use of the entire Jewish com- ted Weizmann's help.
munity, enlists the active partici-
"As Wald tells it, the old man
pation of more than 100 well-known seemed to shrink, the dimmed
historians, sociologists, lawyers and eyes clouded with pain. Then he
other academicians, professionals said at last, 'If I were you, having
and laymen. It also includes leaders lived as you I would do what you
of other Jewish communal organi- will do.' And Weizmann gave Wald
zations and some non-Jewish the name of a bacteriologist and
scholars.
signed a message for him." If
The participants have been or- true, it is an act that seems out
ganized into three task forces, of character for the gentle hu-
each with a separate area of con- manist—no matter the agony he
cern — the future of the Jewish felt.
community in America, group life
Wald had to get one more okay
in America and international af- — that of the Hagana, the author-
fairs.
ity DIN recognized as supreme.
The latter is chaired by Dr. In the final analysis, the Hagana
William Haber, professor of could not let it be done — a pro-
economics at the University of ject both dishonorable and danger-
Michigan, former dean of its ous to the Jewish people. The plan
college of literature, science and was dead.
the arts and now adviser to the
But DIN's work went on. In one
president and executive officers year, 1945, the group was respon-
of the University.
sible for the deaths of 1,000 Nazis,
Other task force members in- writes Elkins. And while it gets
clude William Avrunin, executive more difficult to find the wartime
vice president of the Jewish Wel- murderers with their new identities
fare Federation of Detroit; former throughout the world, DIN's efforts
Detroiter Daniel Elazar, director continue, albeit sporadically.
of the Center for the Study of Fed-
Elkins' informant contends it was
eralism at Temple University; DIN — not Simon Wiesenthal —
and George IL Zeltzer, president that found Aldolf Eichmann in Ar-
of American Savings Bank Assoc- gentina, more than 10 years ago.
iation.
Eichmann was a big fish, but
there are other fish—piranhas-
still at large. As the years go by,
Communist Leaders
is less and less chance that
Clash on M.E. Solution there
they will be brought to justice.
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Is-
And what of DIN's brand of jus-
raeli Communist leaders clashed tice? In answer, Elkins lists those
verbally in the Arab village of Nazis who still roam free, some
Baka EI-Gharbieh, near Natanya, who, having been brought to trial
on the question of a Mid East for countless murders, were re-
solution.
leased soon after. How to meas-
Dr. Moshe Sneh, 62-year-old ure the crime of I. G. Farben
Knesset member and leader of the and the Krupp family, who
anti-Moscow Maki communists, de- worked their slave laborers to
clared in a speech there that a death or sent them to the gas
compromise saintion would be "the chambers when they could no long-
most revolutiorPary thing that er work? Or Friedrich Flick, whose
could hanoen in the Middle East." steel plant, the second largest in
At that, the local branch leader Germany, saw 80 per cent of its
of the pro-Moscow Rakah Com- slave laborers succumb to death,
munists, Ibrahim Biadassi, spoke one way or another?
up and vehemently denounced any
Sentenced to seven years in
compromise. Biadassi was shouted
down by Arab youngsters, who prison, Flick was released two
years
later. "By- 1955," writes
hooted him and shook hands warm-
Elkins, "he was back in business,
ly with Dr. Sneh. The village is a

I

controlling 110 companies with I leaving the Germans a neat profit Elkins, that "nobody in the world
an annual business turnover ex- of just about $1,000,000 on the but the Jew cares about the
ceeding $2,000,000." The second deal."
Jew"? Elkins' case leaves the
richest man in Europe.
—C.D.
Is it true, as Malachi Wald told heart heavy indeed.
Elkins lets few Western nations
Friday,
Fsbreary
12,
1971-13
THE
DETROIT
JEWISH
NEWS
escape his scathing report. Cer-
tainly not the United States, or

Great Britain, both of which he
implicates for offering no refuge
to the Jew and for taking a lenient
attitude toward prosecution of war
criminals after the war.
For Germany, however, he has
plenty of anger left over. With
some irony, he points out that it
was more difficult to get approval
for a reparations pact through the
Bonn parliament than through the
Knesset.
Yet, the Germans lost nothing
in the deal. "In consideration of
German restitution and reparations
payments, the American govern-
ment at the London Debt Confer-
ence in 1952 canceled more than
$2,000,000,000 of West Germany's
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