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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-07-26

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riungariait Cited for Aid to Jews `My Life as a Man' Reaffirms Philip Roth's Genius as Novelist

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Nagy was one of the few
high-ranking military leaders
who did not take part in the
persecution of Hungarian
Jews. As a general in the
Hungarian army in the war,
he protested and refused to
follow a German order call-
ing for the deportation of-
10,000 Jews.
He eventually resigned be-
cause of the incident and
shortly- afterwards was him-
self arrested and deported
by -the German SS.
Nagy said that anti-Semi-
tism ran high among Hun-
garian army officers at the
time. Commenting on his ac-
tion to save Hungarian Jews,
he said: "It would be an
exaggeration to say I saved
the lives of 10,000 Jews, but
I did my best and hope in
some small way I helped
counter - balance all the
crimes committed by my
fellow army officers."

Ma'alot Pupils' Trip
to Europe Dropped

Philip Roth, the expert fic-
tion writer, once again emer-
ges as a master in autobi-
ographical writing. His latest
work of fiction, "My Life as
Man" (Holt, • Rinehart and
Winston), combines self-
evolution, continuity of pre-
vious revelations in his life,
his sentiments, his family
references. It pulls no punch-
es in handling the sex in-
volvements and some carnal
factors.
In some measure, it is a
continuation of his "Portnoy's
Complaint," Dr. Spielvogel
again being called in as his
analyst.
Also — the parental and
other family relationships
play their roles. The Jewish
family background' is rooted
in the Roth record that chro-
nicles the reminiscences and
actual participations that do
not negate. The father is a
prnicipled guy, the mother
is a form -personality. It is
in no sense a Jewsih mother
who nags that is in the Roth

TEL AVIV (JTA) — The
planned trip of the Ma'alot
school pupils to various Jew-
ish European communities
BRUSSELS (JTA) — Two
has been canceled due to se- Belgian religious leaders, a
curity reasons.
chief rabbi and a priest,
have appealed to Syrian
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out to be non - working behalf of the two young Jews
models.
whose trial reopened in
Damascus Thursday.
They are charged in con-
nection with the murder
earlier this year of four
young Jewish women at-
tempting to escape Syria.
In a telegram, Belgian
Chief Rabbi Robert Dreyfuss
appealed to the Syrian leader
in the name of the Central
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Israelite Consistory of Bel-
gium. He demanded that
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their hopes in his humanity
and justice" regarding the
fate of the two young Jewish
men.
In a separate telegram,
Msgr. Georges de Jardin
called on Assad to use his
authority to see that the two
are released. The Christian
Fine Fashions
leader further urged that
Syrian Jews be granted the
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freedoms they are entitled to
under the convention of
human rights to which Syria
is a signatory. These free-
doms include the right to
emigrate.
The two young Jews were
originally charged with mur-
dering the young girls, but
Syrian authorities have with-
drawn the murder charges
according to Israeli Supreme
Court Judge Haim Cohen.
Protests from world public
opinion reportedly prompted
the Syrian decision. The two
are now charged with com-
plicity to help the four
women escape Syria illegal-
ly. If convicted, they face a
possible five-year prison sen-
tence.
• PANT SUITS
• DRESSES
Diplomatic Conflict
• COATS
Over Syrian Jews
• SPORTSWEAR
LONDON (JTA)—A diplo-
• LINGERIE
matic row has blown up be-
• COSTUME JEWELRY
tween ,the United Kingdom
and Syria over what the Syr-
ians call "British interfer-
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ence in the internal affairs
of Syria."
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The British Committee for
master charge
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Jews in Arab Lands, a gen-
Open Thurs.10-8
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eral and not a Jewish body,
comprising a number of
members of Parliament, and

PHILIP ROTH

record. She is really not a
nagger but wholesome per-
sonality: you'll admit it won't
you, Philip Roth?

In "My Life as a Man"
Philip Roth is Peter Tarno-
pol. He appears as such in
the third portion of the book,
"My True Story," in which
Tarnopol the writer is dra-
matized. Proceding ark two
supposedly Tarnopol tales,
"Useful Fictions," divided in-

to "Salad Days" and "Court-
ing Disaster (or, Serious in
the Fifties.") Here his alter
ego is Nathan Zuckerman,
and the Zuckermans include
the entire family circle, par-
ents, brother. sister.
In the drama of his life
.there are the marriages,
their tragic endings, a sui-
cide, and accidental death
(it could have happened to
Peter the way Maureen used
to grab the steering wheel),
the Carnal affairs—all epi-
sodes in the fictional that
make good reading, enhance
the novel, affirm the genius
of a writer whose "Goodbye,
Columnbus" and "Letting
Go," followed among others
by "Portnoy's Complaint"
and "The Breast,' drew wid-
est attention to a controver-
sial writer.
Indeed, inevitably, in "My
Life as a Man" Philip Roth
injects the historic events,
the frequent anti-Semitic oc-
currences; he mentions the
fellow-writers who are Jew-

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the House of Lords, both
Jews and non-Jews, request-
ed the government,- on pure- -
ly humanitarian grounds to
intervene with the Syrian
government in order to alle-
viate the suffering of Syrian
Jews.
When the British ambassa-
dor in Damascus sent a re-
port repeating the official
Syrian version, that every-
thing is all right with the
Jews of Syria, members of
Parliament told the foreign
secretary that it was not the
business of the British am-
bassador to cover up the per-
secution of innocent people
and to act as an apologist for

AJ Congress
Prints Book on
Jewish Poverty

.

NEW YORK—The Ameri-
can Jewish Congress an-
nounced publication of "Poor
Jews: An American Awaken-
ing," the first reader of
studies in Jewish poverty,
edited by Naomi Levine, ex-
ecutive director, and Martin
Hochbaum, staff urbanolo-
gist, of the AJC.
The book, published simul-
taneously in hard colter and
paperback by Trans-Action,
Inc. of New Brunswick, N.J.,
contains articles and studies
ranging from the demo-
graphy of Jewish poverty to
the rabbinic sources of Jew-
ish attitudes toward charity.
It also includes legal
analyses of the reasons for
neglect of the Jewish poor
and proposes specific ways
to correct the situation.
Included in the 206-page
volume is the 1971 study by
the editors charging that
Jews were barred from the
federal antipoverty program
because of its emphasis on
"target areas" (in which
Jews do not reside) and its
focus on poverty among the
young (two-thirds of the
Jewish poor are elderly).
The Levine-Hochbaum vol-
ume is divided into sections
on "Poverty Among Jews,"
"The Jewish Response to the
Jewish Poor," "The Jewish
Poor and the War Against
Poverty," and "On Ending
Jewish Poverty."

ish about whom there had
been debates regarding their
Jewish attitudes. There is
nothing negative on that
score in the new Roth work,
unless the reader objects to
the massive sexuality — but
that's continuity in the au-
thor's writings.

The several marriages fic-
tionalized in the new
the story of Susan, the daugh-
ter of one of the wives, the
girl he adopted, whom he
loved as a child of 12
seduced at 16; her real father
the brute; the abnormal
mother whose life was so
tragic—she was seduced by
her father; the Roth novel is
so replete with action that it
is attention-holding.
If there'll be more Roth
novels, the readers will be
expecting Spielvogel to re-
appear again—he is such _a
charming psychiatrist, so
calm, so compassionate, so
valuable to the alter egos of
Philip Roth.
The Jewish family is truly
a normal one. They want the
best for Peter Tarnopol. The
exchange of letters between
Peter and his sister is in
itself a classic in this novel.
It's a good story, reaffirm-
in the genius of a splendid
novelist. —P.S.

the Syrians.
Last week the British am-
bassador to Damascus, David
Roberts, was told by the Syr-
ians that Britain was now
biased in favor of Israel and
against Syria, and that the THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
British authorities had acted
Friday, July 26, 1974-41
as if they had believed the
press reports about the ill-
treatment of Syrian Jews.
He was also told that this
kind of attitude "could en-
danger relations between
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Britain and Syria, and also
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Britain and the rest of the
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Arab world."
The British kept quiet
about the Syrian warning,
but the Syrians made it pub-
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lic, even giving part of the
with
interview chapter and verse.
HENRY WAKNINE
The foreign office here
AND HIS ORCHESTRA
told the JTA, `We have
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drawn the attention of Syria
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to the concern felt by people
in Britain over the position
of the Jewish community in
ORIGINAL DESIGNS
Syria, although we recognize
IN STAINED GLASS
that we have no locus standi
on their behalf. We have
FOR HOME OR OFFICE
done this at our own initia-
tive, and not at the request
of Israel or any other coun-
try. We have done it in a
discreet fashion deliberate-
ly, and we have not said
EVENINGS
anything about it in public-."

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