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July 16, 1971 - Image 34

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-07-16

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34—Friday, July 16, 1971
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Samuel Bronfman,
Canadian Jewish
Philanthropist, 80

Scheel's Visit to Israel Is Termed
Limited Political Success for Govt.

JERUSALEM (JTA)—The first
visit to Israel by an incumbent
West German foreign minister
ended last weekend when Walter
Scheel took off for Bonn after a
MONTREAL (JTA) • — .Samuel four-day stay, which included two
Bronfman, industrialist, philan- days of political talks with Israeli
thropist, member of the Company Foreign Minister Abba Eban,
of Canada and head of the world's meetings with Premier Golda Meir
largest distillery, died at his West- and other officials and a courtesy
mount home July 10. He was 80. call paid to former Premier David
Mr. Bronfman was president of Ben-Gurion.
the Canadian Jewish Congress in
The visit was a friendly one and
1938-1962 and chairman of its there were no serious incidents to
board of governors from 1962 un- . embarrass the German statesman
til his death. He was active in Jew- or his hosts. But informed circles
ish and Canadian communal work analyzing the political results de-
cided that from Israel's point of
view it was a "very limited suc-
cess."
The Israelis apparently failed
to bring Scheel around to their
point of view on two crucial mat-
ters—Soviet penetration of the
Middle East, which according to
Israel is a flanking maneuver
aimed ultimately at Western
Europe, and the Middle East
policies of the European Com-
mon Market, of which Bonn is a
member.
(Scheel said in a brief statement
on his arrival in Bonn that there
1 was new greater understanding be-
tween Israel and West Germany.
He said he had invited Eban to
Bonn to continue their discus-
, sions.)
Political circles here noted that
1 Scheel said at a farewell press
SAMUEL BRONFMAN
1 conference Friday that "the de-
serving as honorary .aresident of sired clarifying effect of our talks
the Zionist Organization of Canada, has been achieved."
the Jewish Community Services of l However. true that may be, the
Montreal and the Combined Jew- circles said, the positions of Ger-
ish Appeal. He served as presi- many and Israel on global politi-
dent of the United Jewish Relief cal subjects have not been brought
Agencies, the Canada-Israel Corp. closer.
and the Canada-Israel Securities
Nevertheless, Scheel put many
Ltd.
Israelis at ease when he stated
Born in Brandon, Man., he enter- that "The Federal Republic does
ed the hotel business at age 21. In not believe that a total withdrawal
1924, he organized his own distil- of Israel from all occupied terri-
lery and in 1928 acquired the Jo- tories is a prerequiste of peace
seph Seagram distilleries with in the region." He declined, how-
plants in Waterloo, Ont., and La- ever, to be drawn into a state-
Salle, Que.
ment on Israel's future borders
Mr. Bronfman was president of saying, "I find that a public dis-
Distillers Corp.-S e a g r am Ltd., cussion of this Question by a rep-
Calvert Distillers Ltd., Thomas resentative of the Federal Repub-
Adams Distillers Ltd., Seagram lic is not indicated. We do not
Overseas Corp., Ltd., Seco Invest- want to assume the role of
ment Ltd. and the Globe Bedding arbiters."
Co. He was director of Joseph E.
Referring to the Mid East docu-
Seagram and Sons Ltd.
ment prepared last May by Com-
mon Market experts and fostered
The family donates more than
$1,000,000 a year to charities by France, Scheel said he saw no
contradiction between the desire of
and educational institutions. The
Samuel Bronfman Biblical and his government to contsantly im-
Archaeological Museum in Jeru- prove its relations with Israel on
salem was donated by his chil- the one hand and a reconciliation
dren as a birthday gift, and with France on the other.
The document urges Israel's
"Mr. Sam" himself headed many
total withdrawal to its pre-June
Israel Bond drives.
In 1939, he was named presi- 1967 borders and calls for the in-
dent of the Canadian Jewis'a Con- ternationalization of Jerusalem.
gress and tried, for the most part Scheel referred to German devel-
unsuccessfully, to rescue thou- opment aid to Israel. He said
sands of Jews from Germany. that in addition to the current an-
nual loan of $35,000,000, addition-
After the war, he helped finance
a secret purchase of Canadian al loans were discussed during
weapons for the troops of the Ha- his stay in Israel and referred to
the Bonn Finance Ministry for
ganah.
further action. He added pointed-
ly, that "the Federal Republic is
Munich to Help Rebuild
in a very difficult budgetary situ-
ation.
Center Where 7 Died
Scheel was conducted on a tour
MUNICH—The rebuilding of a of East and West Jerusalem by
Jewish community center in which Mayor Teddy Kollek, visiting the
seven persons died in an arsonist Western Wall, the Church of the
fire last year, will be partially sub- Holy Sepulchre and the Mosque of
sidized by the Munich government, Omar. At the Western Wall square
a Jewish spokesman here said.
the party was jeered by a group of
The city government has offered blue-uniformed members of Betar,
the equivalent of $273,000 toward militant youth group, who repeated
the rebuilding costs, provided the cries of "Germans, murder-
matching funds are given by the ers" which they shouted at Scheel
West German government and the early as he entered the Yad Va-
Bavarian state government. Total shem Memorial Hall to place a
cost for the project should be wreath.
$983,000.
During the day, the black, red
Meanwhile, investigation of .the and gold West German flag mys-
"unknown persons" suspected of teriously disappeared from the
setting the fire has been suspended town hall where it had been flying
by the Bavarian state prosecutor's between two Israeli flags in honor
office.
of the guests.

Mayor Kollek officially wel-
comed Scheel to Jerusalem at a
reception in the town hall where
the German statesman met local
lay and religious leaders of the
Jewish and Arab communities.
Kollek said he hoped "no strange
principle would be allowed to in-
terfere with the peace estab-
lished by the inhabitants of the
united city."
Scheel's reply was that he did
not regard his visit to Israel as
"routine" because it was made
against the "background of tragic
events that occurred between your
people and mine."
He said: "No one can forget
what has been done to the Jewish
people in the name of Germany.
This background will always con-
tinue to exist. But we have decided
to look not only to the past but
also to the future."

Threat Against Senator
Deplored by Backers of
Soviet Jewry Resolution

David Heineman,
City Flag Designer,
to Be Memorialized

The designer of the flag of the
city of Detroit — David E. Heine-
man — will be memorialized in
ceremonies next spring held by
the Jewish Historical Society of
Michigan, in conjunction with the
Detroit Historical Commission and
the Detroit Common Council.
Announcement of the proposed
dedication was made at the 12th
annual meeting of the Jewish His-
torical Society by its president,
Dr. Irving I. Edgar.
The role of Heineman as one
of the most influential pioneer
Jews in' Detroit was related by
Irving I. Katz at the meeting.
He pointed out that the stained
glass window, designed with
Heineman's flag, once adorned
Detroit City Hall and has been
placed in the window of the front
entrance to the Detroit His-
torical Museum.
Edgar was re-elected at the
meeting. Other officers are Dr
A. S. Rogoff, vice president;
Jonathan D. Hyams, treasurer;
and Mrs. S. Robert Easton, Mrs.
Harold Rosenberg and Mrs. Bern-
ard Panush, secretaries. On the
board of directors are Charles E.
Feinberg, Walter L. Field, Rabbi
Leon Fram, Mrs. Morris Fried-
man, Morris Garvett, Dr. Henry
Green, Irwin T. Holtzman, Rabbi
David Jessel, Irving I. Katz, Dr.
Shmarya Kleinman, Benjamin W.
Laikin, Louis LaMed, R u e b en
Levin e, Jack Malamud, Prof.
Shlomo Marenoff, Mrs. Marshall
M. Miller, Sadie Padover, Bernard
Panush, Jay Rosenshine, Abraham
Satovsky, Irwin Shaw, Leonard
N. Simons, Dr. Israel Weiner and
Mrs. Devera Stocker.

French Tourists Follow
Napoleon's Footsteps

HAIFA—Led by a half a dozen
retired French generals and two
admirals, 400 French tourists on
board the French liner Mermoz
arrived here from Alexandria re-
cently. Half of the goup, who are
on a tour "In Napoleon's Foot-
steps," are members of the Legion
of Honor.
Admiral George Abanier, 65, re-
tired, who was an eight-year mem-
ber of the Chief of Staff of the
French Navy, claimed that "I
know your people well." Then with
a laugh, he added, "In my time
they trained with us."

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