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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-09-07

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Dr. Carl Voss Recalls Christian Zionists' Many
Experiences With the Late Dorothy Thompson

Dr. Carl Hermann Voss,
outstanding leader in the
ranks of Christian Zionists,
this week recalled early ex-
periences with the la t e
Dorothy Thompson when she
was still cooperating in ef-
forts for the establishment of
the Jewish National Home.

Prompted by the review of
t h e Thompson biography,
published by Houghton Mif-
flin Co., which appeared in

DR. CARL H. VOSS

Elmer Berger, Lester Rosen-
wald and their clique were
able to reach in the mid and
late 1940s, her greatest dis-
service was to found the
American Friends of t h e
Middle East, supported for
many years by almost a half
million dollars per year aid
from the mythical Dearborn
Foundation (shades of Will-
iam J. Cameron and the
Protocols of the Elders of
Zion!), emanating directly
from the CIA. As you know,
Hertzel Fishman did quite a
job on exposing this outfit,
but I believe it was Dorothy
Thompson who really spear-
headed the movement which
did much more damage than
did the American Council for
Judaism.
(The Hertzel Fishman book
referred to by Dr. Voss is
"A m e r i c an Protestantism
and a Jewish State," a Wayne
State University Press vol-
ume. It was reviewed in The
Jewish News on June 8).
"An interesting footnote to
her remarkable address of
1943 at Carnegie Hall on Bal-
four Day, 'I Speak as a
Christian,' is this: 14 months
later she spoke at a great
dinner of the A m e r i c an
Christian Palestine Commit-
tee in St. Louis for a large
number of Christian leaders
on a very apt topic with
matchless eloquence and pre-
cision, entitling it, 'I Speak
Again as a Christian.' We
circulated tens of thousands
of these in the following,
months and then were aston-
ished by her change. Neither
Meyer Weisgal nor you in
your review (drawing on the
Sanders book) have given
any reason whatsoever for
her change of mind. I still
do not understand it. I do
not know what went wrong.
Do you? Does Meyer? Does
anyone. It was not, I am
absolutely positive, because
her husband, Maxim Kopf,
was a Sudeten. This is tom-
myrot, for he was a quiet,
placid, undemonstrative man
with few passionate convic
tions or visible prejudices.
"And, thirdly, Sulamith
Schwartz Nardi, Karl Baehr,
and I went to see her on a
winter's day in 1951, oddly
enough, just a couple of days
after her former husband
Sinclair Lewis had died, and
we tried to reason with her.
It was impossible. She did
95 per cent of the talking,
directing her discussion most-
ly at the fourth person with
us, one Father Awad, a
Christian Lebanese who tried
to give a few pro-Zionist
viewpoints, but to no avail.
She waltzed around with a

The Jewish News Aug. 10,
Dr. Voss recalled the Thomp-
son role in support of the
Jewish national movement.
Dr. Voss, who is well
known here, having lectured
for the American Christian
Palestine Committee under
the chairmanship of the late
Judge Fr a n k Picard and
more recently in behalf of
Israel Bonds, has just been
named professor of philos-
ophy and humanities at Ed-
ward Waters College, Jack-
sonville, Fla.
Author of two volumes on
the lives and works of
Stephen S. Wise and John
Haynes Holmes, Dr. Voss has
authored a number of other
books, and his most recent,
"Quotations of Courage and
Vision," published by Asso-
ciated Press, was reviewed
in The Jewish News March
23.
His message to The Jewish
News commenting on Dor-
othy Thompson states:
"Just as your review of
Snyder's "The Dreyfus Case,"
is an instance of your excel-
lent reviewing (this book I
had read and thought of as
highly as do you) so also
your extended treatment of
Marion King Sanders' biog-
raphy of "Dorothy Thompson
— a Legend in Her Time"
was so very well done. You
did a splendid job, eminently
fair and quite readable.
Three things come to mind:
"While it is true that the
American Council for Juda-
ism made use. of her utter-
ances and thus had consider-
able influence in the area, Lubavitchers Open

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cigarette in a long holder in
one hand and the ever re-
freshed scotch-and-soda in
the other, emoting about the
Middle East and its complex-
ities but giving us no satis-
faction at all about her
change of mind. What a fias-
co—and I remember it pain-
fully after 221/2 years."

Karl Baehr referred to
here was Dr. Voss' associate
in the direction of the Amer-
ican Christian Palestine Com-
mittee. Sulamit Schwartz
Nardi was the personal sec-
retary of former President
Zalman Shazar of Israel and
has been retained, because
of her knowledge and direc-
torial expertness as exec-
utive assistant by Shazar's
successor, President Ephraim
Katzir.

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12—Friday, September 7, 1973 THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Abraham Hartzfeld, Pioneer, 85

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Abra-
ham Hartzfeld, the "father"
of the Jewish settlements in
Palestine and in Israel, died
Aug. 30 at the age of 85.
Mr. Hartzfeld, who was a
Mapai member of the first
five Knessets, was born in
the Ukraine. When he was 18
he joined the Zionist-Socialist
movement for which he was
arrested for two years and
then sentenced again to life
imprisonment and sent to
Siberia.
Three years later he es-
caped and reached Palestine
in 1914. He soon became a
leading figure among Jewish
agricultural laborers, found-
ing the Agricultural Laborers
Fund and becoming promin-
ent as an organizer of new
settlements. There was no
new settlement that was es-

tablished without Mr. Hartz-
feld being present, encourag-
ing, helping and singing. He
was a delegate to many
Zionist congresses.

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