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LONDON—Almost 30 years
after the conclusion of World
War II, the Czechoslovak
government's commission on
Nazi war criminals is seek-
ing evidence on a number of
death transports from the
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camp in which Jews were
among those who perished.
An appeal to submit such
evidence and eye-witness ac-
counts to the Central Com-
mittee of the Union of Anti-
Fascist Fighters was broad-
cast by Hvezda radio from
Prague recently.
Evidence is sought on 2,000
Nazi prisoners from the Bu-
chenwald camp who were
taken by train from Cheb .
(Eger) in Northern 'Bohemia
to Tachov (Tachau) on April
13, 1945.
About 500 of the prisoners
were dead on arrival and
their cremation at the Jew-
ish cemetery of Tachov last-
ed several days. The remain-
ing 1,500 prisoners continued
their journey on foot.
Nothing is known of their
fate since they left Tachov.

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TEL AVIV (JTA) — A
warning that an economic re-
cession might hamper the
absorption of new immi-
grants and therefore dis-
courage immigration was
voiced by Haifa Mayor Jo-
seph Almogi.
Speaking at the Haifa Mari-
time and Economic Club,
Almogi warned that the gov-
ernment must prevent an
economic recession in view
of • the increased immigra-
tion anticipated from the So-
viet Union.
Almogi, former minister of
Labor, said he is optimistic
about increased Soviet .aliya
because of the compromise
reportedly reached between
President Ford and Sen.
Henry M. Jackson (D.,
Wash.) and other key sena-
tors on the Jackson amend-
ment.
"If Russia receives the
`most favored nation status,'
a 'larger and steadier stream
of immigrants from that
country could be expected,"
Almogi said. "A recession at
this time would seriously
hamper the absorption of
these immigrants."
But Labor Minister Moshe
Baram, interviewed on Israel
Radio, said there was no
foundation for the fears of a
recession because of the re-
cent cuts in government
building. He said while the
construction of public build-
ings is being curtailed, there
will be no let-up on construc-
tion of apartments for immi-
grants and young couples and
in slum-clearing programs.

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National Newspaper Body Ai
Names First Jew as PresidentL

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (JTA)-
Walter W. Grunfeld has be-
come the first Jew to head
the National Newspaper As-
sociation. The 87-year-old
association comprises 6,000
community and small daily
newspapers.
IGrunfeld, who is the editor
and publisher of the Inde-
pendent Newspapers of- Mar-
athon and Tully in the Syra-
cuse-Cortland area, is a
native of Baden-Baden, Ger-
many. He fled from the Nazis-
and came to England in 1938
and finally came to this
country where he continued
a newspaper career begun
with the Jewish Telegraphic
Agency and the Reuters
News Agency in Britain.
Grunfeld, whose father was
a cantor in Baden-Baden,
witnessed the in f a mo u s
"Crystal Night" in 1938 when
the community's synagogue
was destroyed by the Nazis.
He is past president of
Cortland's Temple Brith
Sholom. He was elected re-
cently president of the NNA
during the group's convention
in Toronto.
In Tel Aviv, a new writers
union which just formed in-
cludes Arab and Jewish
writers. The new organiza-
tion, the Israeli Writers
Union, will strive to have
writers play a greater part
in the creative and cultural
life of the country and to at-
tempt to reach a dialogue
with writers unions in Arab
countries.
Thirty-three writers, in-
cluding 10 Arabs, are among
the founding members. Many
of the Jewish writers are
also members of the exist.
ing Hebrew Writers Union
and some have announced
they are resigning from that
organization.
The founding committee
included Y or am Kanyuk,
Gabriel Moked, Menahem
PeH, Antoine Shams and Sian
Daud. Kanyuk, a writer and
journalist, said the new group
will try to bridge the gaps
between the Hebrew and
Arab writers and between
writers and the public.
He said he hoped that
someday the new group
would replace the Hebrew
Writers Union. Shams, an
Arab poet, said that if the
new union succeeded in
breaking the division be-
tween J ewish and Arab
writers it would be a great
achievement.
However, Hebrew Writers
Union supporters said the
new group comprises writers
who are anti-establishment
and are concerned more with
politics than literature. They
said the Jewish writers in
the new groups are leftists
who claim to know better
what the Arab writers need
than do the Arab writers.
They said it had been
agreed that. Arab writers
would join the existing
writers group as part' of a
separate unit within the or-
ganization.
Meanwhile Maariv, Israel's
largest evening newspaper,
recently named Shalom Ro-
senfeld as editor-in-chief, re-
placing Arye Dissenchik who
retired after 18 years at the
post.
Rosenfeld was previously
the newspaper's deputy edi-

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

tor. Shmuel Schnitzer Najd
Moshe Zak were named
uty editors.

MRS. LEA BEN-DOR

The Jerusalem Post has
named Leah Ben-Dor, a long-
time -staff member, to suc-
ceed the late Ted Lurie as
editor-in-chief. Mrs. Ben-
Dor, who has been the Post's
editor for news from the
Knesset, joined the staff of
that newspaper in 1935. Since
1961 she has been deputy
editor.

Allon : Strengthen
Ties With Europe

JERUSALEM (JTA)—For-
eign Minister Yigal Allon
told seven Israeli ambassa-
dors Tuesday that Israel
would make a special effort
to improve relations with
Europe. He said there were
good prospects to achieve
that improvement.
Allon spoke at the begin-
ning of a three-day seminar
by the foreign ministry senior
staff discussing Israel's re-
lations with Europe.
Finance Minister Yehoshua
Rabinowitz told the seminar
that the trade deficit between
Israel and Europe would be
this year some IL 1.5 billion
compared to IL 1 billion last
year.
He called on the ambassa-
dors to examine the possibili-
ties of bridging the growing
gap between Israel's export
and import with Europe.
Bank of Israel Governor
Moshe Zanbar called for
minimizing dependence of Is-
rael's economy on foreign
countries. The seven envoys
will meet with Premier Yitz-
hak Rabin, Defense Minister
Shimon Peres, and military
intelligence chief S h 1 o m o
Gazit for further discussions
on this topic.

Hebrew U. Names
Hall for Floridians

JERUSALEM — A hall in
the faculty of law on the
Hebrew University's Mount
Scopus campus was dedi-
cated in the names of Mrs.
Ruth Yablick and Mr. and
Mrs. Jerrold Goodman of
Miami Beach.
Chairing, the proceedings,
Hebrew University President
Avraham Harman presented
an account of the ways the
university must cope with
the special problems created
by the postwar period. Enor-
mous new pressures, he said,
face both students and teach-
ers, as a result of unprece-
dented length of military
call-ups interrupting studies.

Friday, August 23, 1974-13

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