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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-08-17

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Litte11's Review of Strober Report
Criticizes Indifference to Holocaust

A rebuke to Christians for
having failed to protest prop-
erly the Nazi bestialities is
contained in a review of the
"Strober Report" by Prof.
Franklin H. Littell. The re-
view appeared in the Temple
University Journal of Ecu-
menical Studies. The Strober
Report was issued by the Na-
tional Conference of Christ-
ians and Jews and the Amer-
ican Jewish Committee and
authored by Dr. Gerald S.
Strober, a Presbyterian
scholar who studies teaching
materials in American
Dr. Littell pointed out in
his review: "At issue is the
Christian component in the
cultural anti-Semitism which
over centuries laid the foun-
dations for 20th century po-
1 i t i c a l anti-Semitism. By
`anti-Semitism' we mean, of
course, hatred of the Jews

The Pharisees are still de-
famed. The continuing 'blood
guilt' and 'collective guilt'
theory is still published
widely. T h e crucifixion is
frequently attributed to the
Jews, although it took place
under Roman authority and
was a punishment Jewish
law never used. The real cru-
cifiers, both historical and
contemporary, are allowed to
go free.

"Most serious of all, out of
3,000 lessons only six mention
the Holocaust, Hitler's de-
struction of European Jewry.
Only four deal specifically
with the Jewish sector of the
death camps,and only one
with sensitivity and in depth.
"There is no evidence so far
that these painful yet essen-
tial issuse are being con-
fronted in Protestant teach-
ing." Only 15 lessons—fewer
than 1/2 of 1 per cent — men-
( Judenha s s, Judenfeind- tion the state of Israel. Nine
schaft). Strictly speaking, of these present a simplistic
there are no 'Semites' — just dispensationalist interpreta-
as there are no 'Aryans,' al- tion of the event.
though there is a Semitic
"The exception to the dark
language group (and an picture is the Lutheran
Aryan or Indo-European Church, Missouri Synod,
language grouping)."
which has made a deter-
Dr. Littell states in his re- mined and deliberate effort
view of the Strober Report: to purge its lesson materials
"The findings are discour-
of the lies of anti-Semitism
aging, with a single excep-
and to discover new ways of
tion. Judaism at the time of
interpreting the relationship
Jesus is still portrayed as
of the Christian church to the
degenerate and lacking in
vitality, although quite the Jewish people.
"In May of 1967 Karl Barth
opposite was the case. Anti-
Jewish bias in treatment of wrote Eberhard Rethge, the
Jesus and the disciples Bonhoeffer biographer a n d
serves to "con, ey the im- editor:
" 'New to me (in your bi-
pression that they were
somehow not Jews." The ography) was the fact that
Judaism that has survived, Bonhoeffer in 1933 viewed
when mentioned at all, is the wish problem as the
portrayed as a fossil or a first and decisive question,
miserable culture lag — al- even as the only one, and
though one of the miracles took it in hand so energeti-
of our time is the renais- cally. I have long felt guilty
sance of Jewish scholarly, myself that I did not make
cultural and spiritual life. this problem central, in any
case not in public, for in-
stance in the two Barmen
Montefiore Reburial declarations
of 1934 which I
JERUSALEM (JTA)—The composed . . . '
remains of Sir Moses Monte-
"In May of 1968, Wilhelm
fiore will be rebuired here
in 1975, 90 years after his Niemoeller — author of a
death. His present grave is dozen books and many art-
icles on the German Kirchen-
in Ramsgate, Britain.
kampf, began an article with
this statement: "Es hat sich
herausgestellt, dass die Ju-

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d e n f r a g e die eigentliche
Kernfrage des Kirchenkamp-
fes gewesen ist. Wenn wir
nach dem Widerstand fragen,
der in d e r Evangelischen
Kirche in dieser Sache ge-
leistet worden ist, dann kom-
mt man zy einem margaren
"The path of the Jewish
people from the Holocaust to
Israel, from crucifixion to
resurrection, is the series of
events which the Christians
—even the theologians and
writers of lesson materials
for the Church School — still
have not wrestled with and
do not understand. The most
important events in Christian
history (and not merely Jew-
ish history) in recent cen-
turies are ignored. When the
Kirchenkampf itself is dealt
with (and that all too little),
the fact that it was secondary
to the major event — the
Holocaust—is not perceived.
It is an appalling thought
that the presiding bishop of
a leading American church
could recently visit Poland,
pay tribute (doubtless de-
served) to an individual
Christian martyr to Nazism,
and never once mention the
millions of Jews murdered
by baptized Christians in the
same time and place!

16—Friday, August 17, 1973
Israeli Firm
Makes Devices I NY Plaza May Get Name of Author
NEW YORK (JTA) — The be Columbus Day.
for N-Medicine New
He said such a plaque had
York City Housing

Authority has been asked to
name a new plaza in a city
housing project on Manhat-
tan's Lower East Side pro-
ject in memory of Napthali
Imber, author of "Hatikva."
The plaza is directly across
the street from the site of a
residence where Imber lived.
The request was made by
Hank McManus, Liberal
Party candidate for the New
York City Council from the
Elscint, founded 41/2 years Lower East Side.

HAIFA — A young Israeli
company, Elscint, Itd., is
bringing to the West a sample
of Israel's scientific and tech-
nological knowhow in the
form of products for the field
of nuclear medicine.
Less dangerous and more
informative than X-ray diag-
noses, nuclear medical tech-
niques allow the early spot-
ting of tumors, lesions and
other serious abnormalities.

ago, develops and manufac-
tures the high sophoisticated
equipment needed by this
rapidly growing medical field.
From its plant at Haifa's Ad-
vanced Technology Center,
which will be expanded in
1974, Elscint exports some 65
per cent of its wares through
subsidiaries in France and
Western Germany and
through General Electric in
the United States.

been affixed to the Imber
residence on East Second St.
several years ago. The build-
ing later was razed.

He proposed placing a blue
and white plaque bearing the
first stanza of what is now
Israel's national anthem. He
said it should be placed in a
setting in which "it could not
be vandalized or destroyed."

Imber resided at the house
from 1892 until his death in
October 1909. McManus sug-
gested that ceremonies for
the proposed Imber Plaza be
held on that anniversary
Sales increased to $5,519,- date this year, though it will
000, compared with $3,054,000
for the previous year. Earn-
ings more than doubled to
$710,000, or 30 cents per
share, as compared with
$310,000, or 15 cents per share
in the prior year.
Elscint was founded by a
group of scientists-entrepre-
neurs, formerly associated
with Technion, Israel Insti-
tute of Technology, or the
"No wonder that the very Elron Electronics Industries
credibility of Christianity is of Haifa.

questioned. No wonder that
the authority of the churches
is daily negated in American
public life.

"There is a direct line,
symbolic if not logical, from
Auschwitz to My Lai. For a
gentile society's treatment of
the Jewish people has be-
come the litmus test as to
how it will treat any helpless,
defenseless, unassimilatable
minority that persists in
counter-culture a n d resist-
ance. Any sound theology of
resistance will begin with
the lessons of the Holocaust
(and church struggle).
"In the meantime, the les-
son materials of most of the
Protestant churches in Amer-
ica have not only not faced
the key issues of our recent
history: they are still crank-
ing out the old and despic-
able anti-Semitic calumnies."

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Cosmic in Nationality

There is a cosmic element
in nationality which is its
basic ingredient. That cosmic
element may best be de-
scribed as the blending of
the natural landscape of the
Homeland with the spirit of
the people inhabiting it. This
is the mainspring of a
people's vitality and creativ-
ity, of its spiritual and cul-
tural values. Any conglom-
eration of individuals may
form a society in the me-
chanical sense, one that
moves and acts, but only the
presence of the cosmic ele-
ment makes for an organic
national entity with creative
vitality. — A. D. Gordon,
"Our Tasks Ahead" (1918).







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