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November 21, 1975 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-11-21

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

16 November 21, 1975

Lippincott-Published `Csardas' Traces 50 Years of Hungarian History

independent state between
the two World Wars headed
at first by Count Karolyi,
the Hungarian Aleksandr
Kerensky, then by the Com-
munist Bela Kuhn, a disci-
ple of Lenin, later liqui-
dated by Stalin, finally by
Horthy, the notorious anti-

By ALLEN A. WARSEN

Pearson's
Diane
"Csardas" (Lippincott) is a
novel about Hungary during
the first half of this cen-
tury. It portrays the land of
the Magyars as part of the
Dual Monarchy and as an

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ever, according to the ning the minds and hearts
Semite and reactionary.
The book also devotes a mores of his caste, Alfred of the Germans. Even then
few final chapters to post- lowered his aristocratic there were people who did
war Communist Hungary. standards by marrying not realize the grave dan-
gers Hitler and his criminal
The novel's characters are Gizelli.
The Kaldy family, aristo- associates presented.
the members of the Ferenc,
The following excerpts
Racs-Rassay and Kaldy cratic and landowning, pres-
ided by widowed Luize from a letter addressed by
families.
Zsigmond, a totally as- Kaldy, was related to both Malie to her brother Leo at-
similated Jew is the head the Ferencs and the Racs- test to that: ". . . Who is
and patriarch of the Ferenc Rassay. The older son Adam this man Adolf Hitler? How
clan. His wife Marta Bogozy was married to Eva Ferenc, is it he can make Germany
is a beautiful woman of the younger Felix to Kati such a disturbed place to
live in?"
"noble birth and back- Racs-Rassay.
"Csardas" (pronounced
Although the Ferenc chil-
ground." He married her be-
cause he strove "to found a dren were unaware of the chardosh) is an exciting
dynasty in the face of the Jewish origin, the changing story, charged with dra-
difficult cast system of the times drastically altered matic tension, and evoking
their conception of the fam- the feel of that period. It
Hungarian aristocracy."
traces vividly and lucidly
Zsigmond's sister, Gi- ily background.
zelli Ferenc, a convert to
It was Leo, Zsigmond's the history of Hungary as
Catholicism, was married younger son, who was the aforementioned and follows
to Alfred Racs-Rassay of first of the family to become the development of Ger-
"good pedigree and aristo- cognizant of his origin. many from Hitler's rise to
cratic connections." How- While studying in Berlin, power until his total defeat.
The book's description
Leo fell in love with Hana
Weiss, a salesgirl and the of Jewish suffering are
daughter of a common la- moving and heart-break-
ing. The following emo-
borer.

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One day after a pro-
longed interval, Leo re-
ceived from her a lengthy
letter, parts of which read:
". . .Leo! — why did you
never tell me you were
Jewish? Right from a child
I have been taught that the
worst thing to in the whole
world is a Jew — no, not
taught it, but it was
always there as though
one didn't have to be
taught it . . ."

When Leo received the
letter, Hitlerism already
made giant strides in win-

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"When we were going into
Auschwitz, we saw men in
prison clothes working on
the electric cables. And Kati
(Malie's cousin) pulled me
and said, 'Look, there is Ja-
cob" (Malie's son). 'No,' I
said, 'Jacob is in Germany.
They took him straight to
Germany.' But Katie is sure
it is Jacob.
"I shout to him and the SS
guard with the dog tells me
he will set the dog on me if
I shout again. I say to him.

Freemasons Hold Israel Parley

Jewish News Special
Israel Correspondent

_..

tionally laden story told by
Malie is a splendid illus-
tration:

In Eretz Israel, a Freema-
son movement has existed
for more than 100 years. It
is affiliated with similar
movements all over the
world. The Freemasons
maintain that they are the
oldest secret society in the
world and know each other
by special secret signs.
The Freemason society,
for the first time, decided to
hold an open conference in
the Jerusalem Theater with
the participation of their
wives (who are not members
of the society according to
its constitution) and some
outside guests including Is-
rael President Prof. Efraim
Katzir and the Mayor of Je-
rusalem Teddy Kollek.
On the big stage of the
theater sat the grand presi-
dents of the societies from
all over the country, among
them Christians, Moslems
and Druze.

Grand President Zvi
Levin opened the confer-
ence and outlined the aims
of the Freemasons society.
"We are not a secret so-
ciety, we have only secret
ritual customs which re-
turn us to the illustrious
days of King Solomon," he
said. "In June 1976 thou-
sands of Freemasons will
gather in Israel from all
over the world to celebrate
the second pilgrimage —
conference of Freemasons
in the Holy Land which is
holy for all Freemasons
throughout the world."

The Freemasons society
in Israel is comprised of
3,000 persons, mostly Jews.

Since 1953 they have been

`What sort of man are you?
That is my son ! Have you no
feelings? You do not have a
mother?' I shout again and
Jacob calls to me, 'Go on,
you will be all right.'
Ms. Pearson writes with
warmth and compassion
about the victims of oppres-
sion and with sarcasm and
bitterness about the perse-
cutors and oppressors. She
writes with imagination and
perspicacity. She also is the
author of "Sarah and the
Marigold Field."

Rabin-Peres Link
Strained: Davar

TEL AVIV (ZINS) — Da-
var reports that there are
strained relations between
Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin and Defense Minister
Shimon Peres.
According to the newspa-
per, Rabin is unhappy about
several things that are being
done by the Defense Minis-
try which have provoked
critical comment aimed at
Defense 'Minister Peres.
Referring to certain basic
differences between the
two, the newspaper stated
the prime minister is a mili-
tary man from his youth
while the defense minister
is strictly of civilian stock,
Rabin believes that he has a
better understanding of
military matters than his
defense minister.
Peres, meanwhile, as a
former Rafi adherent, is

seen a little too close for
comfort to his predecessor

in office, namely Moshe
Dayan. Dayan is an avowed

affiliated with the World opponent of Rabin and
Center of Freemasons in never misses an opportunity
to direct his barbs at the
Scotland.
The Freemasons society premier.
According to the newspa-
in Israel has lately initiated
some steps for fostering per, Rabin intends to take
peace in the Middle East. over the Defense Ministry
The former judge and Knes- following the precedent set
set member, Dr. Josef by previous premiers
Lamm and a high official in (during the stewardships of,.
the Finance Ministry Ben-Gurion and later of
Shlomo Gross visited the Levi Eshkol the Defense
U.S. and met with leaders of Ministries were combined
the U.S. Freemasons. They with the Prime Minister's
tried to induce them to exert posts). Nevertheless, Rabin
their influence on Arab pol- will not have an easy time
itical leaders, who are visit- doing so, not only because of
ing the U.S., to agree to a Peres's resistance but also
peaceful settlement of the because of opposition within
Middle East conflict with Is- his own party from former
Rafi followers.
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