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February 15, 1974 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-02-15

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JDC's Charles Jordan Died Under Questioning
in Egyptian Embassy of Prague, Defector Says

LONDON — Charles Jor-
dan, former vice president of
the American Joint Distribu-
tion Committee who was
found floating in the Vltava
River in Prague in 1967, died
in the Egyptian Embassy of
that city, according to a

former Czech intelligence
officer who defected to the
West five years ago.
Jordan had been picked up
by Arab agents who thought

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under surveillance by the
Czechs as soon as he arrived
on a visit, Aug. 14, 1967, with
his wife and nephew. They
were en route to Jerusalem
to attend a conference.
Intelligence men saw Jor-
dan pushed into a diplomatic
car, which they followed to
the Egyptian Embassy,
Frolik said. He added that
the Czech interior minister
and President Novotne were
informed and instructions
issued to do nothing but
watch.
On the following morning,
the Czechs, who had cameras
and filmed what was hap-
pening, saw Jordan's body

being carried out to a waiting
car by the same four men
who had taken him into the
embassy. The car was trailed
to the outskirts of Prague,
where the body was dumped
into the river.
Frolik said that a few days
later the Egyptian ambassa-
dor was informed that the
Czech government intended
to take no action nor would it
inform the American Em-
bassy as they did not wish
to harm relations with Arab
states nor arouse sympathy
for the Jews. Jordan was an
American citizen. Czechs had
claimed the death was an
accident or suicide.

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Lack of Warm Winter Clothes

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he was spying for Israel, was
taken to the Egyptian Em-
bassy and died under inter-
rogation, said Josef Frolik,
who told his story to the
London Times.
Frolik, who worked for
Czech intelligence for 17
years, said Jordan was put

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JERUSALEM(JTA)—Com-
plaints by soldiers on the
Golan Heights that they lack
sufficient and proper winter
clothing were the center of
a recent Knesset debate.
Defense Minister Moshe
Dayan admitted there were
delays and foul-ups in pro-
viding soldiers on the Golan
Heights with proper winter
clothing, but said that all
units were now fully equip-
ped and men on the freez-
ing slopes of Mt. Hermon
had special subzero clothing.
His critics remained skep-
tical but Dayan had motions
on the subject referred to the
foreign affairs and security
committee. He invited com-
mittee members to visit the
northern front as soon as pos-
sible to talk to officers and
soldiers about the clothing
problem and other matters.
The issue of warm cloth-
ing for soldiers on the bit-
terly cold Golan Heights
stemmed from newspaper ac-
counts of shortages, allega-
tions that some units were
only partially equipped with
overcoats and that some of-
ficers had overcoats while
their men did without them.
The matter was originally
raised by Jerome Chervin,
an American immigrant from
Philadelphia, now a resident
of Jerusalem, who has been
running a one-man soldiers'
welfare operation on the Go-
lan Heights.
Chervin, who was in the
Knesset gallery during the
debate, brought in 1,000 pairs
of winter underwear for sol-
diers. One of his friends
Rabbi Bill Novik of Chicago,
flew in with 100 overcoats.
Shmuel Tamil. of Likud,
noting that people abroad
were volunteering to send in
overcoats and other equip-
ment, called it a disgrace
for an army.
Tamir, waving newspaper
clippings and letters, quoted
a letter from a "Lt. A." who
complained he had to tend
his tank without gloves in
subzero temperatures. Among
his charges, he said that sol-
diers had been told to buy
their own clothing. If this
was true, Tamir said, "what

Posthumous Award

NEW YORK—Mrs. Selma
Karbach, widow of Dr. Oscar
Karbach, who headed the
World Jewish Congress de-
partment which traces wit-
nesses for war crimes trials,
has been advised that her
husband posthumously has
been awarded the First-Class
Cross of the Order of Merit
of the Federal German Re-
public.

is happening to army disci-
pline?" If untrue, he added,
it was a slur against the
army.
Chaika Grossman of Ma-
pam, said that while the im-
mediate post-war shortages
may have been unavoidable,
the situation should have
been rectified by now —
months later.

Israel Policy Cause
of Tekoah Criticism

THE DETROIT JEWISH
WS 177
10—Friday, Feb. 15, 1974

JERUSALEM (ZINS)—Is-
rael's permanent representa-
tive to the UN, Yosef Tekoah,
told a gathering of young lea-
ders of the Ma'arakh that a
year ago the foreign ministry
blocked his attempt to meet
with a ranking Egyptian dip-
lomat.
Jerusalem also rejected an
offer by UN Secretary Kurt
Waldheim to establish a spe-
cial Mideast UN commission
under his chairmanship, Te-
koah said. He implied that
those were lost opportunities
to strike a better bargain
with the Egyptians than the
one that eventually emerged
as the disengagement agree-
ment of January 1974.

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