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December 07, 1973 - Image 26

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-12-07

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`Tear in the Ocean' Story of Jewish Resistance

Somewhere out there is a
good Christian who can't
understand why the Jews get
so embarrassingly emotional
over Israel.
Let him see "A Tear in
the Ocean." Few films, if
any, have conveyed with
such poignancy the Jews'
will to live.
Now showing in a brief en-
gagement at the Tel-Ex
Cinema I, "A Tear in the
Ocean" dramatizes the re-
sistance of a handful of Jews
in a fictional Polish village
prior to the Warsaw Ghetto
Uprising in 1943.
The fact that the village-
Wolyna — is a figment of
novelist Manes Sperber's
imagination is of no account.
There were innumerable
Wolynas where Jews, steeped
in the faith of their fathers,

26 Friday, December 7, 1973 THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS



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had to make the judgment:
to die fighting or in submis-
sion.
Henri Glaeser, who pro-
duced and directed the film
on location in Alsace, cast
himself in the role of the
Tzadik of Wolyna. As one of
the last survivors, he chooses
nonviolent resistance: dying
at the hands of his oppres-
sors but never surrendering

the spiritual and moral film produced in France,
teachings of his religion— with English subtitles. Based
"We alone resisted the desire on the novel by Manes Sper-
to become like our enemies." ber, it received the Grand
It is for men like Edi Prix 1973 of the French
Rubin (Alexandre Stere), an Academy of Motion Pictures
Austrian physician who and the Prix Amitie 1972.
COCKTAILS BEING SERVED
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Another Holocaust drama
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.w a s presented Wednesday an underground fighter
watching a black-garbed
evening on Channel 56.
Arthur Miller, who adapted hasid carry his violin case
his "Incident at Vichy" for into the partisan headquar-
television, chose occupied ters: "Look, he fights with a
France as the locale for his fiddle!"
Of what use is Rubin's
pungent commentary on the
gesture? The title conveys
complicity of good men.
He places an Austrian something of the depth of the
nobleman among the group dilemma: What can be more
of Jews awaiting interroga- futile than a tear in the
tion by a German "professor ocean . . . And 6,000,000
of r a c i a l anthology." The tears . . . ?
prince's gesture of humanity
Nowhere is the pain of this
at the end lends a hopeful choice more evident than in
note, but it does little to dis- Bynie, the Tzadik's 16-year-
pel the words of a Jewish old son and "the last rabbi
doctor about his oppressors: of Wolyna." Dominique Rol-
"I don't speak this way be- lin portrays with exquisite
cause they are Germans — reserve this child whose
but because they are people." wisdom impresses even the
Stacy Keach directed this peasants. Roman Skarbek
superb TV presentation.
(Armand Abplanalp), the
Served from 1 2 Noon
— C.D. "good goy" Polish aristocrat
Til 9 p.m.
who heads the underground,
describes Bynie as "16 years
and 30 centuries" old.
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