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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-03-21

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60 Friday, March 21, 1975

• Passover Greetings

Happy Passover

By DENA BARZILAI
(Copyright 1975, JTA, Inc.)

7601 Central, Detroit, Michigan 48210
Phone: 313-834-4000

When Theodor Herzl,
father of the Jewish state,
was desperately searching
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for a land to house the
Mr. and Mrs. Asa : Shapiro and Family
"huddled,. Jewish masses
yearning to breathe free,"
his eyes more than once
turned to Africa, that vast,
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which the European powers
were busily carving up for
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themselves in the closing
friends and customers for a very
years of the 19th Century.
Happy and Healthy Passover-
Among Herzl's better
known ideas for a Jewish
settlement in Africa was the
Middlebelt & 7 Mile Rd., Livonia
so-called "Uganda Plan"
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that envisioned a coldny in
the British East Africa
Protectorate. But Herzl,
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anxious over the worsening
plight of Eastern European
Jewry and frustrated by his
lack of progress in obtaining
consent from Turkey for a
Jewish state in Palestine,
also toyed with other Afri-
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can locations, among them
the Congo Free State, then
and Customers a joyous
under the personal control
and happy Passover
of King Leopold II of the
Belgians.
In 1903, Herzl put out
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feelers to Franz-Philippson
of Brussels who was active
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in the Jewish Colonization
Friends and Patrons
Association, asking him to
find out if the king would be
amenable to organized Jew-
ish settlement in the terri-
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tory. Philippson, however,
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Zionist leader on
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Herzl that the Congo was
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not suited for Jewish immi-
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Herzl's Congo scheme,
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Jews did find their way
into the region which ex-;
plorer Henry M. Stanley
had Opened up for his royal
Kosher Meat & Poultry Market
Belgian sponsor. AS early
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as 1905,. -a Jewish mining
engineer, Cecil Morris
Cohen, arrived in the
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Congo via Johannesburg
to work in the copper
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mines
whose abundant
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mineral wealth was soon
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to bring about an economic
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boom in the area.
During the second decade
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from the Greek island of
Rhodes began settling in the
Congo, which by that time
had been transformed from
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King Leopold's personal
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kingdom into a colony of the
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Belgian state. These Jews,
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like the earlier Ashkerrazi
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newcomers often traveled to
Elisabethville from South
to the ,lelersli
Africa, where today's large
Jewish community was then
beirig organized.
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From Elisabeth.ville., Jews
started branching out
northward-, and extended
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their commercial activities
into the interior of the coun-
try. By 1940, they began to
settle in the Congo's capital,
Leopoldville — establishing
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stores, factories, and im-
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port-export firms. Still, the
center of Jewish life in the
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Belgian Congo reinained.
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Elisabethville, which at its
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peak in the late 1950s was
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home to half of the colony's
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2,500 Jews.
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These Jews created a

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communal structure that
provided them with the
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basic ingredients common
to organized Jewish life; re-
ligious services (occasionally Ir
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led by hazzanim from South
Africa), shohet, mikva, ce-
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metery, youth groups, Zion-
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ist organizations and even
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the Congo's Jews was soon :
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to play havoc with the once- •

vigorous community.

On June 30, 1960, the

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rebels, Congolese regu-
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lars, UN troops, and for-
eign mercenaries — en-
sued with the Katango
Province seceded from the
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recently-born Democratic
Republic of the Congo.
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Most of the whites, includ-
ing the Jews, left, their
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homes and shops -remain-
ing behind to be sacked in
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the confusion. When it was
all over and Katanga was
reintegrated into the na-
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tion, two-thirds of the
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Jewish population did not
return, although those
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per in the relative calm of
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the following years.
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General, Joseph-Desire Mo- I
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butu, ruler of the country
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since 1965 after he took
power in a military coup,
embarked on an increas-
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"authenticity!: Aside from
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effecting a series of name
changes — the country had
been called Zaire since 1971
from a_ corruption of "zadi,"
great water, a native name
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for the Congo River —
through which he himself 23823 Dequindre, Hazel Park
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became Mobutu Ses Seko
the president called for a'
taking over. by Zairians of I
most private businesses, a I
move which while not par- I
titularly directed against I
Jews, nonetheless deprived
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them of their economic
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base, and brought about I '—
another exodus-.
Another factor in the
worsening picture was
Zaire's breaking of relations
with Israel (established at
independence in 1960) after
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the Yom Kippur War. A few
hundred Zairian Jews re-
main behind, those whose

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businesses have not yet been • •

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"transferred" or who act as • •
"managers" in the firms or
stores they previously

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NEW YORK _— More
than 200 Hebrew day school
students from throughout
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national brahot and Shabat
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bees, contests similar to a
spelling bee, sponsored by
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tional Society for Hebrew
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Day Schools.
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