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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-05-21

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Political Tactics

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WASHINGTON (ZINS)
— Political observers point
out that only a few years
ago, the word "peace" was
taboo among Arab leaders.
Israel, on the other hand,
was always giving voice to
its yearning for peace. But
now there is hardly an Arab
leader — with the possible
exception of the intractable
terrorist figures — who
does not speak of "peace".
As paradoxical as it may
seem, however, say the ex-
perts, the new Arab tactic
has succeeded in convincing
the world that the peace ini-
tiative is now in the Arab
camp.

Speer's Book on Spandau a Diary of Incarceration

BY JACK SIEGEL

(Copyright 1976, JTA, Inc.)

SEICA101LIER.
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and Co.

Albert Speer, former
minister of armaments for
Hitler's Third Reich, has
written the second install-
ment of his "Al Het." It's
called "Spandau" and is a
relentless detailing year by
year of his 20-year impris-
onment after the Nurem-
berg trials. (The Book is
published by Macmillan.)
He was not alone during
this time. He shared impris-
onment with such former
colleagues as Baron Von
Neurath, Wilhelm Funk,
Rudolph Hess, Baldur Von
Schirach, Admirals Doenitz
and Raeder, the pretty boys
of the Hitler regime.
While they were impris-
oned, they received special
treatment, special in the
sense they had the run of
the jail and there were no
other common criminals
with them. They could be to-
gether, if they wished, or
they could be alone and sep-
arate from one another.
Their personal relation-
ships are outlined in this

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large book and the charac-
ters of the other inmates
come clear. They share
one large characteristic
and that is they seem to be
imprisoned by an intangi-
ble, the failure of Hitler.
Speer himself is an ad-
junct case. He recognized
Nazism was doomed and he
staked out his self-preserva-
tion. He admitted guilt and
so stated at Nuremberg. He
began his disaffection in
sufficient time to be accept-
able as a proper penitent.
But he reflects doubts about
this position; he reflects
doubts about his adherence
to Hitler, wondering what it
was which initially at-
tracted him. But apparently
there was something which
did, because Speer was an
"Alter Kaempfer," old
fighter, having joined the
NSDAP in 1931, when there

Federal Unit Bars Hasidic JeW
for Refusal to Shave His Beard

BY BEN GALLOB

(Copyright 1976, JTA, Inc.)

A New York Hasidic Jew,
believed to be the only one
ever .to join the Federal
Protective Service, a special
U.S. unit which provides
security personnel for fed-
eral facilities, is fighting to
get back his FPS job which
he lost for refusing to shave
off his beard.

A complaint was filed on
his behalf with the Equal
Employment Opportunity
Office of the federal Gen-
eral Services Administra-
tion by the National Jewish
Commission on Law and
Public Affairs. Sidney
Kwestle, COLPA president,
said the complaint is the
essential first step leading
to a court proceeding if the
issue cannot be settled at
the administrative level.

At issue is the validity, as
applied to the Lubavitcher
Hasid, a man of about 30, of
an FPS employment regula-
tion which provides that
"the face will be clean
shaven except for a mus-
tache, if desired."

In accordance with FPS
regulations, the Hasidic
Jew was named to the FPS
after scoring 100 in the
required examination and
was assigned to armed
guard_ duty at the federal
building in lower Manhat-
tan in April 1975. He was
given a reprimand for
wearing a beard and
brought a letter from his
rabbi testifying to the reli-
gious requirement for the
beard.

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was no compulsion to do so.
In review, one can under-
stand that Hitler, or Naz-
ism, expressed Speer's so-
cietal position, as a member
of the middle class, and an
architect with ambitions
closely tied in with prevail-
ing bourgeois cultural atti-
tudes. His objections to and
distance from the Bauhaus
or other innovator archi-
tects stamped him as a reac-
tionary. He admits here and
there the fascincation Hitler
held for him and his con-
tempt is only retroactive.
But he is a man of steel
who, just as he figured out
his physical salvation,
implements it in jail. He
works up a program of
education and reading, he
figures out a world tour by
measuring the distances
he walks in the jailyard.
This he does with the help

After he had served in
Manhattan for about five
months, he was scheduled,
under FPS rules, to report
to a FPS base in Marietta,
Ga., for additional training
over a six-week period.

When his file arrived in
Marietta, containing infor-
mation on his beard, the
base commanding officer
rejected a request for a
waiver on the beard. An
application for a waiver was
then made to the FPS office
in Washington, and again

refused. He was given the
option of shaving off the
beard or quitting as a guard.
However, he was assigned to
a typing-clerical job at the
same pay but rejected it on
grounds that he was un-
likely to gain advancement
on that job and because he
wanted to be a guard.
While awaiting the out-
come of the complaint ac-
tion, the Hasidic Jew has
taken a job as an investiga-
tor with the New York City
Health and Hospitals Corp.

BB Lodge Helps
Los Angeles Aged

LOS ANGELES (JTA) —
More than 500 residents of
the Pico-Robertson section
of Los Angeles, an area of
some 60,000 Jews most of
them elderly and poor, come
each month to a store-front
senior citizens center set up
two years ago by a Bnai
Brith lodge.
Almost half of them are
making their first visit, ac-
cording to Peter Getzhoff,
president of the Beverly
Hills lodge. The lodge de-
cided to set up the center for
the Pico-Robertson Jews, of
whom 20 percent have an-
nual incomes of less than
$2,000, because the munici-
pal and private social service
agencies they need are scat-
tered throughout sprawling
Los Angeles and Pico-Rob-
ertson residents either did
not know about them or had
trouble getting to them.

of Hess who turns out to be
the most interesting char-
acter of them all and
hardly crazy or if so, crazy
as a fox.
As Hitler's architect,
Speer was also Hitler's re-
fuge from the world of poli-
tics and mass murder into
aesthetic considerations of
how to build and rebuild
Germany. As Hitler's min-
ister of armaments, he exe-
cuted Hitler's real side.
Hess is the only major
Nazi still in prison.

May 21, 1976 31

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