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May 03, 1974 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-05-03

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Friday, May 3, 1974—n

Pius Knew Jews Were Being Sent
to Camps, Wartime Documents Show

ROME With the release classified documents, it was
by the Vatican of formerly reported here that Pope Pius
II knew Jews were being de-
ported to Poland and possi-
ble death as early as 1941.
Detailed information on
mass deportations was sent
regularly from papal envoys
in other countries from early
1942, the documents reveal.



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Radar Increases
B-G Airport Safety

new IL 5,000,000 radar con-
trol system, most of it built
in Israel, was dedicated at
Ben-Gurion Airport.
According to airport offi-
cials the new installation is
tantamount to a new runway
inasmuch as it permits 'much
shorter intervals between
landings and takeoffs. It also
keeps incoming planes at pre-
scribed altitudes and at a
safe .distance from each
The new system, greatly
increasing the safety of op-
erations at Israel's interna-
tional airport, was ordered
after a series of near acci-
dents climaxed by one in
1970 involving a plane carry-
ing Premier Golda Meir to
that United States. At that
time, traffic was controlled
mainly by visual reports.
The new radar system has
a range of 150 kilometers.
Most of its components were
manufactured' by the Elta
Electronics Co. of Israel.
The rest were purchased in
England an Canada.

To Mark Memorial

Geza Seifert, president of the
Central Board of Hungarian
Jews, will be the main
speaker at a memorial meet-
ing May 19 commemorating
the 30th anniversary of the
murder of Hungary's 600,000

However, defenders of the
Vatican insist that the Pope
had no real evidence the de-
portations were part of a
mass extermination policy.
A team of Jesuits who have
been editing wartime docu-
ments in the Vatican archives
issued the 806-page volume,
entitled "The Holy See and
the War Victims." It is the
eighth in a continuing series
and covers the years 1941
and 1942.
A preface asserts that
while Pius didn't condemn
by name, he did say in a
1942 Christmas message that
it was deplorable that hun-
dreds of thousands were
facing "death or progressive
elimination" because of their
nationality or race. 1 ' The
preface adds that Pius couid
not say anything- more.
One of the first to alert
Pope Pius to the fate of the
Jews was the then arch-
bishop of Vienna, the late
Theodor Cardinal Innitzer.
Others informed the Vatican
of the genocide and atroci-
ties against the Jews.
According to the docu-
ments, an Orthodox Jewish
group sent a message from
London to the Pope in De-
cember 1942 begging him to
intervene on the Jews' be-
half. An attached note from
Msgr. Giovanni Batista Mon-
tini—now Pope Paul VI, then
a close aide to Pius—record-
ed an instruction from Pius
to "give 'possibly some ver-
bal reply to the senders of
this and similar telegrams:
"The Holy See will do what
it can."
Jewish converts to Catholi-
cism fared little better than
the Jews. When the Vatican
envoy to Berlin tried to in-
tervene with German offi-
cials on behalf of the con-
verts, he was told by the
Germans: "Baptismal water
does not c h a n -g e Jewish


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Friends of Chabad Pay Tribute

Luncheon Honors Mrs. Schaver
on Departure for Home in Israel

One hundred friends of tinue working on behalf of
Emma Schaver and admirers the movement in Israel. She
of the Chabad Lubavitch said she believes that the
movement gathered last Fri- love of Torah, which Chabad
day afternoon to pay tribute represents, will strengthen
to both, on the eve of Mrs. the Jewish people. "If we
Schaver's departure for Is- know who we are and what
rael and her new home in we are," she said, "nothing
and no one can destroy us or
Mrs. Schaver, who will Israel."
Focusing on the importance
leave Detroit May 15, was a
founder of the local Patrons of youth to the future of the
of Chabad Lubavitch, which Jewish people, Isaac Stern
sponsored the luncheon at said Israel's young people
"can do more for Israel's
the Standard Club.
A special guest was violin- future than can any other
ist Isaac Stern, here for an sector in a military way —
appearance with the Detroit as long as they are permitted
Symphony Orchestra; Be- to live." He urged his listen-
cause of his professional ers, many of them active in
commitment, he could not Israel's behalf, to further
play at the luncheon, but he strengthen the bonds. "It is
spoke briefly about Mrs. a time," he said, "when we
Schaver's work with the have to be closer with them
America Israel Cultural than ever before." Culture,
Foundation, of which Stern he added, will help keep the
People Israel alive.
is past president.
The theme was followed by
As a sponsor of AICF, Mrs.
Schaver has hosted musical Dr. Mandelbaum, who noted
functions in her Israel home, that the latest population
which she has kept simul- figures of the American Jew-
taneously with her home in ish community are 6,000,000
Southfield. Her son Isaac, — a figure that haunts the
his wife and two daughters Jewish people. "It challenges
us to recognize that we must
live in Israel.
create that which the Six
The new president of the Million would have created
Amer ica Israel Cultural
Foundation, Dr. Bernard had they been alive.
"What better illustration of
Mandelbaum, also flew in
from New York for the the power of the individual,"
gathering. Former chancel- he said, than this `eyshis
lor of the Jewish Theological hayil' (woman of valor) and
Seminary, he was back in the power of her persona _ l
Detroit two days after a example?"
Dr. Mandelbaum also paid
speaking engagement at
tribute to the Lubavitcher
Cong. Shaarey Zedek.
Irwin I. Cohn, who co- movement and its work with
hosted the event with Mrs. college students, adding that
Sam Hamburger, announced "There is nothing on the
that Mrs. Schaver would be American campus today to
back in the fall in connec- compare with the Chabad
tion with the establishment houses." He described their
of a Morris Schaver Patrons work as vital to combat the
Fund in memory of her hus- effects of the "Jesus freaks"
band. The fund will be used and different forms of the
for expansion of the Bais counter-culture.
Chabad Student Center in
Farmington, which hosts Trepper Becomes
college students from cam-
puses throughout Michigan, Citizen of Israel
Ohio and Ontario. Proceeds
from Friday's luncheon, raeli citizenship was con-
some $50,000, will go toward ferred on former master spy
Leopold Trepper in ceremo-
the fund.
Detroit Ma y o r Coleman nies at the interior ministry.
Young appeared briefly be- Citizenship papers were also
fore the gathering to extend presented to his wife, Elisa-
his own best wishes to Mrs. beth, who arrived in Israel
Schaver and Chabad. Rabbi earlier this month.
Trepper, who headed the
Aaron Kazarnovsky, a rep-
resentative of the Lubavit- "Red Orchestra," the Soviet
cher Rebbe, also brought espionage network in Nazi-
"prayerful wishes" for the occupied Europe during
World War II, said he would
Mrs. Schaver, who traces settle in Israel after a so-
her interest in Chabad to her journ in Europe to complete
late parents, plans to con-his autobiography.

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