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May 17, 1974 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-05-17

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Auschwitz Survivor Searches for His Brother, Last Seen in 1943

By MURRAY ZUCKOFF
NEW YORK (JTA) — Al-
bert Brokman has been en-
gaged in a lonely but tireless
crusade for the past 31 years

searching for his brother
whom he last saw in 1943 in
Auschwitz.
"In all these years I never
gave up hope of seeing him
again alive and well," Brok
man told the Jewish Tele-
graphic Agency.
A year ago his hopes were
buoyed when he spotted a
picture in Hadassah mag-
azine of a group of Jewish
arrivals in Cyprus sometime
around 1947.
There, among a 'number of
Jews shown with British
soldiers behind a barbed
wire enclosure was a young

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man "who I know, I know,
is my brother . . . I know
he's alive and I want, I must
find him. But where is he?"
Brokman asked.
Sitting in the editorial of-
fice of the JTA he unfolded
the story that began 31 years
ago.
Albert, or Abus, as he was
known before he came to the
United States in 1946, was
born April 2, 1927 in Zaw-
iercie, a small town in Po-
land. His brother, Malus,
was born Sept. 1, 1929. Their
father, Ben Zion, who was a
tailor, is retired and now re-
sides in Miami. Their moth-
er, who is dead, was named
Hela, and her maiden name
was Moskowitz. In 1943 Abus
and Malus were taken by the
Nazis from Zawiercie to
Auschwitz.
"On Aug. 28, 1943, after
two months in the camp my
brother and I were separ-
ated," Brokman recalled. "I
was told to go on one line
and he to another. That was
the last time I saw him."
Brokman was transferred
to another camp in Germany
near Breslau and in 1945
was liberated by the Allied
forces from the Nordhausen
camp. He came to New York
on July 15, 1946 and moved
to New Rochelle in 1961.
Brokman, who is in the
jewelry business, said he
searched for his brother af-
ter the war but didn't know
where to begin looking for
him.
In spring 1948 there were
53,000 Jewish refugees in
Cyprus before the British
terminated their mandate in

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Palestine. By February 1949
the Cyprus camps were li-
quidated and the refugees
went to Palestine.
Brokman said that after
seeing the magazine photo-
graph he contacted the Jew-
ish Agency in Jerusalem and
was told that every effort
would be made to help him
locate his brother. So far,
there has been no word.

Simons Views
Dedication of
Cadillac's Home

Leonard N. Simons, presi-
dent of the Detroit Historical
Commission, was in France
last week as a member of a
delegation from Detroit who
attended the formal dedica-
tion ceremonies in the house
believed to be the recon
structed birthplace of the
17th Century explorer, An-
toine de la Mothe Cadillac.
The newly restored house,
which stands on the Rue del
Faure, now Rue la Mothe
Cadillac, is in the town of
St. Nicholas de la Grave in
•southwestern France. Private
donors in Detroit raised
$20,000 in recent years to be
given to this French town
to pay for the preservation
of the building.
The house is now a mu-
seum.

If a man is original enough
to manufacture his own lies
he should stick to the truth.

Soviet Lawmakers to Pay Visit to U.S.

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The group will spend three
An eight-member delegation days with members of the
from the Soviet Union will House and the Senate and
arrive here May 19 for a 10- then leave May 23 for visits
day visit, the House Foreign to San Francisco and New
Affairs Committee an- York City. -
nounced.
The delegation of members
of the Supreme Soviet—The
USSR's parliament — is ar-
riving as a result of an invi-
tation issued earlier this
year by Speaker of the House
for your party
Carl Albert and Vice Presi-
dent Gerald Ford. This visit
by Soviet legislators will be
By
the first by such officials
since 1933.
The delegation is headed
by B.N. Ponomarev, alter-
nate member of the Polit-
Call
buro of the Central Commit-
tee of the Soviet Commun-
ist Party. Other members
of the delegation include of-
ficials of Pravda, Tass and
Izvestia.

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