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April 2, 1976

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

`Winchell Exclusive' Revealing Biography of Tough Journalist

__Walter Winchell was a
tough guy on radio and tele-
vision. For more than three
decades his radio voice was
among the most effective in
exposing crimes, bigotries,
the Ku Klux Klan, Nazism
and the underworld.
The Winchell story, there-
fore, ranks as history. No
matter who may have dis-
liked him, the facts are that
he was alert and fearless.
For a recapitulation of
the era during which Win-
chell addressed America
with his blunt talk, it is re-
vealing to read his experi-
ences in his "Winchell Ex-
clusive" (Prentice-Hall).
Additionally revealing
as a definition of the man
who influenced public
opinion is the introduction

by his friend and attorney, organization long before he
Ernest Cuneo, who de-* became a district judge.
scribes the late radio
But Winchell was per-
broadcaster as a man sistent in making charges
"who didn't give a damn"
against Truman on this
about anything except the score. It may have been an
presentation of truth and injustice to the President
exposing lawlessness, — because it was a hasty
crimes, governmental dis- action and Truman's pub-
crepancies, etc.
lic services never reflected
autobiographical the KKK spirit. But the
His
work deals with many of the Winchell persistence is an
Winchell recollections of indication of his sticktoi-
things that happened to him tiveness in pursuing his
and to the people who were goals when he was deter-
his concern in addressing mined to expose anyone.
"Mr. and Mrs. America" for
calls to action in defense of
what he saw to be right.
His involvements were
legion. He was among the
first to condemn McCarthy-
NEW YORK (JTA) —
ism. He unhesitatingly- re-
Torczyner, co-presi-
buked legislators and Presi- Jacques
dents when he felt they dent of the World Union of
General Zionists, took issue
deserved criticism.
with Kalman Sultanik, ex-
Among the most exciting ecutive
vice president of the
stories in the book is Win- World Confederation of
chell's revelation that Harry United Zionists, for suggest-
S. Truman had been a mem-
Bar Mitzva's
ber of the Ku Klux Klan. It ing postponement of the
Candle Lighting
to the World Zion-
was later established that elections
Anniversaries—Weddings
ist Congress scheduled to be
HST joined the KKK as a held in Jerusalem in Decem-
House Parties—Dances Etc.
very young man, that he
Standards to Rock
resigned from the bigoted ber.
Freddy Sheyer 398-2462
Sultanik urged, in a state-
ment prepared for delivery
in London at a meeting of
AN APPEAL TO MY PEOPLE
the executive board of the
British General Zionists,
The JEWISH COMMUNITY!
the postponement of elec-
tions to the forthcoming
I NEED, AND MUST WORK!
World Zionist Congress to
conserve the resources and
energies of Zionists to meet
Please help me preserve my most precious possession
the urgent problems arising
— Human Dignity! Prevent me from becoming a recipi-
out of the serious emer-
ent of FOOD STAMPS!
gency facing Israel and the
Zionist movement.
Help me maintain self respect! Help me continue (as
I've always been) self independent! I am a responsible
Torczyner observed that
woman, (Best references). Companion to lady, or cou-
the Jewish communities of
ple. Have great compassion for THE SICK AND THE
Europe are faced with im-
mediate problems of assimi-
ELDERLY! Bad elements (Not by association) FORCED
lation and Jewish education.
ME OUT OF MY LUCRATIVE PRACTICE (ELECTROL-
He said the Zionist organi-
ISYS). The same elements are depriving me of obtaining
zations are preparing for
any work! They have deprived me of a "roof over my
the World Zionist Congress
head," I have no place to live!!! They are interfering
and that Zionism has again
with every move I make in my daily, tragic life! My
become an active movement
advertisements in The Jewish News bring results. My
as a result of the attacks on
ads are answered, people interview me, and are glad
it in the United Nations.
to have me start the next day. But no sooner do I get

ORCHESTRA

Wealthy people, who live in exquisite apartments,
answer my ads. One such lady (very well known in the
Jewish community), wanted me to start working for her.
No house work, just to be her companion, and she was
going to pay me $185.00 per week. But no sooner did I
get back, I was called not to come in. Other wealthy
families wanted me to stay with their mother, (or par-
ents) and no house work, and they were to pay me well
but the same thing, after all arrangements are made;
for me to start the next day, I am called back not to
come in. March 27, I was interviewed- by a couple
. . . and their children. I was supposed to start at
$150.00 per five day week. I was impressed with the
family, and I know they were with me too. The woman
walked with me to the lobby-door, and said "so you'll
come Monday, and remember the job is steady" — I
- was happy to tell her "Yes, sure."

Then I was called not to come in.

I was compelled to give up my practice, because my
patients' calls were intercepted, when they called for
appointments, and they were intimidated, so they were
afraid to come to my office. The same tactics are used
on my "Home" phone, people are intimidated, so, they
are afraid to have me in their _homes!

Once again, I APPEAL TO YOU, MY PEOPLE, GIVE
ME WORK, PLEASE DO NOT BE INTIMIDATED!!
PLEASE HAVE "ROCHMONESS" DO NOT LET ME BE
DESTROYED BY THE ELEMENTS WHO DESTROYED MY
BEAUTIFUL PRACTICE! I MUST WORK.

Yours Sincerely,
Ann L. Korson, R. E. (Berger)

\Vinchell's reminiscences
cover so many vital issues
that plagued this country in
the 1920s through the 1950s
that that "Winchell Exclu-
sive" is like a chapter in the
libertarian struggles and
the occasional uphill battles
against emerging bigotries.
What the Winchell vol-

World Zionist Congress Vote
Urgent, Torczyner Argues

ONE MAN

"Home," they call back, and tell me "You needn't come
in."

_ It was sensationalizing,
but that was Winchell's
method, and it won him the
popularity he earned — and
sought.

Torczyner said the
WCUZ's policy of "non-
interference" in internal
Israeli affairs has become
less popular as Diaspora
Zionists have become more
critical of Israeli develop=
ments. He also suggested

that Sultanik feared that
his group would have
fewer delegates at the
forthcoming Congress.
But that, Torczyner said,
is not sufficient reason to
justify the cancellation of
elections.
In calling for the post-
ponement of elections' to the
forthcoming World Zionist
Congress scheduled to be
held in December, Sultanik
emphasized that the
"holding of such elections at
the present time would en-
tail enormous financial out-
lays and diversion of valua-
ble time at the expense of
vital Zionist activities in the
field of fund-raising, educa-
tion, aliya and the mobiliza-
tion of public opinion in be-
half of Israel."
Moreover, he continued,.
"such elections would
cause divisiveness among
Zionists and sap human
resources at the very time
when the present emer-
gency situation calls for
solidarity and unified ac-
tion in accordance with
the decisions and mani-
festo issued by the Jerusa-
lem solidarity confer-
ence."
Sultanik focused his op-
positions to elections on the
fact that the greatest major-
ity of Zionists are situated
in the United States and
that the holding of elections
to the Zionist Congress
would be both inconceivable
and inadvisable amidst the
turmoil of a Presidential
election year.'

JDC to Help Construct Home
for Handicapped in Natanya

NATANYA — A home costs. The JDC receives
for severely- handicapped most of the funds for its
young adults, the first of its worldwide welfare, health
kind in Israel, will be built and other programs from
on land adjacent to the the United Jewish Appeal.
Frieda Schiff Warburg
The new home will ulti-
Home for the Aged in Na-
tanya, it was announced by mately House 60 residents.
Ralph I. Goldman, executive Those who are able will
vice-chairman of the Joint work outside the home or
on the premises in shel-
Distribution Committee.
The home will be con- tered workships.
structed by Ilan, Israel
Foundation for Handi- There will be special ther-
capped Children, at a cost of apy and recreational pro-
$1.5 million. Ilan is a nation- grams as well as medical
wide voluntary organization and social services. The
for the care and rehabilita- home will have several resi-
tion of young people suffer- dential units with joint
ing from cerebral palsy, kitchenettes, occupational
polio and other neuro-mus- therapy and work areas,
cular disabilities. club rooms and other facili-
The JDC donated the land ties, all on the ground floor
and will also underwrite level, with interior intercon-
part of the construction necting passageways.

ume does not relate are
some of the antagonisms he
confronted, although his
recollections do relate to
many such aspects.
Not included is an occa-
sion when he was defended
in Congress by a then
young member of the U.S.
House of Representatives,
Henry M. Jackson. That
incident was recorded in
The Jewish News Purely
Commentary, Feb. 23,
1972.
Under the heading, "An-
other Witch-Hunt Chapter:
When Walter Winchell Was
Attacked in Congress . . .
Jackson His Defender," it
stated:
interesting
"Another
chapter in the history of
witch-hunts is recalled in
the Walter Winchell story.
The passing of the popular
radio broadcaster reminds
us of the attacks that were
launched upon him by reac-
tionaries in the U.S. House
of Representatives, includ-
ing Clare Hoffman of Michi-
gan, Martin Dies of Texas,
Hamilton Fish of New York,
Jon Rankin of Mississippi,
and others.
"Winchell had been ac-
cused of scandalous action
in his role as lieutenant
commander in the U.S. Na-
val Reserve.
"But members of both
houses of Congress came
to his defense, notably
Congressmen Samuel
Dickstein and Adolph Sa-

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bath. It should be noted
that among his defenders
— back in 1944 — was the
Congressman Henry M.
Jackson of the state of
Washington, now senator
from his state and a candi-
date for President.

"Such is the record of bias
in the annals of war history.
There were anti-Semites in
Congress — Hoffman, Ran-
kin, several others. In our
current experiences, only
the recent effusions of Rep.
John R. Rarick of Louisia'
stand out as very shockin.
"Winchell Exclusive" ma.
re-open many wounds; it
also offers a collective ac-
count of many of the battles
for free expression and
daredevil journalism. The
book will delight many, will
revive memories of another
troubled age, will keep alive
the image of an unusual
character on the communi-
cations sphere.
—P_.S.

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