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April 30, 1971 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-04-30

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F42 I ears arnara k_,aniorruta unarm-ins nemstatect,
Labor; Rights Loss Reagan Called Innocent in Case
SACRAMENTO (JTA)—A Sacra- Semitic angle to this," Rabbi
for Swiss Engineer mento
rabbi has given Gov. Ronald

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (JTA)
—Alfred Frauenknecht, the 44-
year-old Swiss engineer charged
with selling Israel blueprints and
documents relating to the Mirage
jets made in Switzerland under
French license, was found guilty
here last Friday and sentenced to
4 1/2 years at hard labor.
He also was deprived of all civil
rights for two years, and the court
recommended he be expelled from
the Swiss Army.
The court, composed of five mili-
tary judges, stated that Frauen-
knecht had not been motivated by
greed but had nevertheless been
interested in becoming rich. He
had been paid 860,000 Swiss
francs ($200,000) by Israel for
material extensively documenting
the manufacture of the Mirage 3-C.
The court thus found him guilty of
economic espionage and treason.
Frauenknecht confessed to sell-
ing the plans, but claimed he had
done so simply in sympathy for
Israel's security needs. The prose-
cution asked for seven years at
hard labor.
After court adjourned, defense
attorney Manfred Kuhn told the
Jewish Telegraphic Agency cor-
respondent that he hoped Israel
and world Jewry would "come to
the assistance of Frauenknecht
and his wife," as the $200,000
paid him had been confiscated.
Joseph Frauenknecht, a cousin
of the engineer, was found not
guilty of similar charges and re-
leased.
Another defense attorney, Ernst
Bucher, disputed the prosecutor's
contention that Swiss interests
were harmed in any way. He claim-
ed that the information his client
gave the Israelis was knoWn by
many other countries which pos-
sess or manufacture Mirage jets
under license.
The prosecutor insisted that "as
a result of the Frauenknecht af-
fair, Switzerland will in the future
have great difficulty in obtaining
modern military weapons, techni-
cal knowhow or the license to build
airplanes in Switzerland."

Dutch Ex-Partisan Gives
Medal Back to Israel

AMSTERDAM (JTA)—Piet Nak,
a well-known member of the Dutch
anti-Nazi resistance movement of
World War II, returned an Israeli
medal to Ambassador Shimshon
Arad to protest the condition of
"100,000 Palestine refugees still
living in camps under Israeli oc-
cupation."
The former resistance fighter,
a non-Jew, had been awarded the
medal by Yad Vashem, the me-
morial institute for Nazi victims.

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An obvious change in a wart or
mole, or a sore that does not heal,
Wohl said.
may not mean cancer. But only
He noted that Lt. Gov. Ed Rein- your doctor can tell for sure, the
ecke was "very sympathetic" and American Cancer Society reminds
"helpful" in getting the depart- us.
ment of mental hygiene to reverse
itself. Reinstatement of the three
Jewish chaplaincy posts was an-
nounced by the governor's human
resources secretary, James Hall.
The rabbis, Eugene Gruenberger,
Sholom Stern and Harry Levin-
berg, will continue their chaplaincy
duties as before, Rabbi Wohl said.

Reagan a clean bill of health in the
recent episode involving the elimi-
nation of three Jewish chaplains
from the State Department of
Mental Hygiene's 1971-72 budget.
Rabbi Amiel Wohl of Cong. Bnai
Israel, who is the Jewish repre-
sentative on the State Advisory
Committee on Institutional Reli-
gion, told the Jewish Telegraphic
Agency that the chaplains have
been reinstated. He said that the
attempt to eliminate the chaplains
was one of "incredible bureau-
cratic stupidity" but involved no
sinister or anti-Semitic intent on
the part of the governor or any
other state official.
(Continued from Page 1)
The three rabbis affected are did say on Friday that Israel "de-
the only chaplains serving Jew- finitely" would be the last country
ish patients in California's vast on his itinerary.
network of mental institutions on
The State Department imposed
a full-time basis. Their jobs were a blackout on details of Rogers'
eliminated by the California De- movement. Department spokesman
partment of Mental Hygiene in Charles Bray told newsmen that he
the interests of a balanced budg- would not reply to questions on the
et. Rabbi Wohl said the Reagan
secretary's itinerary for the next
administration has eliminated week or 10 days for "obvious rea-
thousands of state jobs and serv- sons." Apparently he referred to
ices for economy, but the gover- security reasons. Bray said that
nor "doubtlessly was personally any announcements of Rogers'
unaware" of the dismissals of schedule would be made by the
the Jewish chaplains until a furor secretary's party or other compe-
broke out all over the state.
tent authorities while he is abroad.
"In the process, the governor Bray would not say whether diplo-
was vilified," undeservedly, he matic negotiations for an interim
arrangement to reopen the Suez
added.
Hints of anti-Semitic bias behind Canal would continue while Rogers
the elimination of the Jewish chap- is away from Washington. He ob-
laincy posts, which was supposed served that the secretary had
to become effective July 1, were made it clear that he would dis-
given credence by the fact that the cuss various ideas for reopening
posts occupied by some 30 Protes- the canal with the Israeli and other
tant and Catholic full-time chap- interested governments. Asked if
this included the Soviet Union,
lains remained untouched.
Bray
replied that he only had the
Rabbi Wohl explained that the
Jewish chaplains were the most United Arab Republic in mind.
Bray described Rogers' trip as
vulnerable on a cost-ratio basis
because of the relatively small _"supplementary" to the Jarring
number of Jews in state mental peace talks which are. currently
stalled. He said in reply to ques-
institutions.
tions that the UN mediator Dr.
The department of mental hy- Gunnar V. Jarring, who is present-
giene thought it could eliminate ly back at his ambassadorial post
the full-time jobs and engage local in Moscow, would be kept informed
rabbis to minister to the mental of the progress of Rogers' talks
patients on a part-time basis.
with Arab and Israeli leaders.
The salaries plus traveling ex-
Dr. Jarring met with UN Secre-
penses of the three Jewish chap- tary General U Thant Wednesday
lains amount to about $54,000 a in Geneva.
year out of a billion-dollar state Gur: Egypt May Reopen
budget.
Fire Aerost _Canal; Cost
Rabbi Wohl said he testified be- to Israel WOW Be Greater
fore the ways and means commit-
LONDON =(JTA)—Gen. Mordecai
tee of the State Assembly where Gur, liberator –9f the Old City of
he and others pointed out the Jerusalem, now - ciirnmander of Is-
deficiencies of the department of rael's Northern Conithand, said
mental hygiene's alternate plan.
that Egypt might, -‘ reopen- fire-
"My involvement in this par-
across the Suez Canal at any time,
ticular chaplaincy issue through and that "if this happened-.the cost
its various interdepartmental to Israel would be greater than
echelons and political machina- that of previous wars, though. the.
tions led me to believe that there cutcome is not in doubt." -
was no anti-Jewish or anti-
Delivering the keynote address -
to a meeting of 400 chairmen and
Trial of Columbia Rabbi key workers at a national confer-
ence of the Joint Palestine Appeal,
Again Rescheduled
Gur explained that if Egypt gained
NEW YORK (JTA)—The trial of some initial success in a new
three members of the Radical cross-canal attack, Jordan and
Jewish Union of Columbia Univer- Syria might be tempted to enter
sity on charges of disrupting a the fray. But, he continued, Israel
religious service at Temple Emanu- had learned from her experiences
El here has been re-scheduled- in 1948, 1956 and 1967 and was
prepared for such a contingency..
again—this time for May 8.
Originally set for Jan. 12, it was The conference also was addressed
by Israel. Ambassador Michael S.
reset for April 13.
Comay, who declared: .."Israel is
The defendants are Rabbi A. not prepared to be rushed, Wined'
Bruce Goldman, rabbinical adviser or cajoled into commitments Which
to the RJU; Victor Levin, a grad- would endanger her Security: We
uate student at Columbia Univer- need strong nerves and patience."
sity; and Anne Rosen, a graduate JPA chairman Michael Sacher,
fellow at New York University. who presided over the meeting,
The charges grew out of demon- said of the organization's 1971
strations by the RJU at Temple fund-raising campaign: "There is
Emanu-El on May 15 and May 291 a new set of needs in Israel and
last year.
we cannot fail to respond to them."

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