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January 21, 1977 - Image 56

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-01-21

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56 Friday, January 21, 1977


Jewish Journalists Conference Has_Historic Roots


Jewish News Special
London Correspondent

Jewish journalists have
founded the most impor-
tant organizations of the
Jewish people. Theodor
Herzl, a contributor to
the Neue Freie Presse
(Vienna), was the creator
of the World Zionist Or-
ganization. In 1897 he
opened the First Zionist
Congress in Basle and
among the delegates
were dozens of jour-
nalists, among them Max
Nordau, Nahum Sokolow,
Nathan Birnbaum, Israel
Zangwill, Meir Ebner,
Berthold Feiwel, Leib
Jaffe, Theodor Zlocisti,
Michael Berkowicz, Sig-
mund Werner and many
other famous men.
At the First Zionist
Congress a "Syndicate of
Zionist Journalists and
Authors" had already
been established under
the direction of S. R.
Landau. Among the 36
members were Jacques
Bahar (Echo de Paris), H.
Duparc (Jewish Chroni-
cle, London), David
Farbstein (Zurich), Jacob
de Haas (Jewish World,
London), E. Ish-Kishor
(Jewish Daily Express,
London), Fabius Schach
(Cologne), Heinrich
Loewe (Nachrichten aus
Palaestina, Jaffa), Ben
Ami (Odessa), Nahum
Sokolow (Hazefira, War-
saw), Rosa Sonnenschein
(American Jewess, New
York), Adolf Stand
(Przyszlosc, Lwow) and

They undertook to honor
the "Basle Program," to
work for Zionism and ex-
change information with
fellow-members. They
paid a yearly subscription
of four shillings and re-
ceived a monthly com-
The syndicate was,
however, short-lived. S.

R. Landau resigned from
the editorship of the
Zionist weekly Die Welt
(Vienna) and from the
chairmanship of the syn-
dicate. Further attempts
to establish a World Fed-
eration were unsuccess-
Later, Hebrew jour-
nalists tried to form an
organization. Some 80
writers declared their
willingness to join, but at
subsequent meetings
"linguistic" conflicts in-
volving Yiddish, English
and other languages
arose, so that all the ef- New York), Joel Cang
forts were in vain.
(Jewish Chronicle, Lon-
Rabbi Stephen S. Wise don),
was editor of Opinion and Chalamish
Nahum Goldmann began Hamishmar, Tel Aviv),
to publish articles in the Isaac
Israeli- (Haboker, Tel Aviv), Isaac
tisches Familienblatt at Levinson (Johannesburg),
the age of 13 under the • Isaac Remba (Herut, Tel
pseudonym of "Ben Aviv), J. Schwarz (Mon-
Koheleth". Both became
the organizers and
theorists of the World
Jewish Congress.

tevideo), Philip Slomovitz tee as well as Arye Federation. M. Asaf
(Detroit Jewish News), Tsimuki and Michael opened the conference and
Michael Solomon Asaf actively partici- Nahum Goldmann, then
(L'Arche, Paris), H. Swar- gated in the preparations President of the Zionist
sensky (Juedische for the conference. Organization, as well as
Prime Minister David
Wochenschau, Buenos
In London, Joel Cang Ben-Gurion addressed the
Aires), Marc Turkow (Di
Yiddishe Zaitung, Buenos belonged to the en- opening session.
Shalom thusiastic supporters of
Yedidyah (Tel Aviv). This this idea and we both pub-
Both Ben-Gurion and
writer was appointed li s hed and edited the Goldmann were ofthe
Jewish Journalist, where opinion that a World Fed-
articles in English, He-
Societies of Jewish brew and Yiddish ap- eration
nalists of
and would
journalists from various peared. Among the au- strengthen Jewish unity.
countries announced thors were Isaac Eisen-
their agreement and arti- berg, David Pela, A.
The closing sessin-I,
Iles appeared in Jewish Tsimuki,
Moshe presided over by S. r
papers expressing their Slomovitz,
approval, though some Rubinstein, N. Sverdlin goshes, decided unan...,-
ously to proclaim the
voices were raised in op- and Melech Ravitch.
foundation of the World
In December, 1960 the Federation. Its World
Of importance was the first World Conference Bureau was led by
poSitive attitude of the took place in Jerusalem. Tsimuki, Asaf and Shaul
Association of Israeli Journalists from all over Raz. Today Moshe Ron,
Journalists. The Israeli the world came to discuss the general secretary,
members of the commit- the creation of the World conducts its activities.

ssin g Their Future
i ry
u Disc
• Quebec Under the French Separatists

In 1936 the founding
session of the WJC took
Quebec government takes fuse to be a minority
place in Geneva. Among
tected any."
the delegates were a great
He said that great pres- an anti-Jewish position, it within an English minor- ---1
number of journalists: The 120,000 Jews in the sures could be expected will necessarily be op- ity. I wart to be a minor-
' t:1
Emil Ludwig, Robert province of Quebec were on those who wish to par- posed because we shall not ity within a majority.
Rose said he had urged
Stricker, S. Margoshes, urged last week to "face ticipate in Quebec public tolerate anti-Semitism in
Laurin to enact legisla-
Arie Tartakower, Dante the French fact" and "get life to do so in French.
any form."
Cotler added that "We tion to revise Bill 22
Lattes, Morris Myer, involved" in the political
"Inability to speak
Yizhak Gruenbaum, H. affairs of this province French will create dif- must let the French which requires all chil-
Shoshkes, Henryk which faces major ficulties in communica- majority know that our dren to attend French
Hesheles and dozens changes, including possi- tions with the French commitment to the state school' except those of
ble separation from the majority," Goldbloom . of Israel is an'important English parents.
He told the audience
fact in our lives."
The Fourth Assembly rest of Canada.
of the WJC took place in The appeal was made He said that the pro- Alan Rose, national that he had also met with
Stockholm in Augusts by leaders of the Cana- jected referendum on executive director of the Levesque before the elec-
1959. This writer sent in- dian Jewish Congress, whether or not Quebec Canadian Jewish Con- tions and warned him
vitations to all jour Jewish academicians and should separate from the gress, said that the CJC that Jews would leave
nalists present to attend a former member of the Canadian confederation would react to any dis- Quebec, not because it is
a meeting in the Quebec government who "will decide the future of crimination if its occurs. French but only if the
Speaker's Office of the participated in a meeting this province" and he "We will have to test new government became ,
Swedish Parliament on Jan. 9 attended by 500 urged the Jewish popula- the Quebec government "uncivilized." He said he
Aug. 9 to discuss the Montreal Jews at the tion to speak to their fel- by the way it treats the was convinced that if
founding of a World Fed- Tifereth Beth David low Quebecers in French Jewish community," he Quebec separates "it
eration of Jewish Jour- Jerusalem Synagogue in about the advantages of said. He said that Quebec could mean the end of
nalists. Seventy jour- Cote St. Luc. living in one Canada. Premier Rene Levesque Canada."
Rose said Levesque told
Jean-Claude Lasiry, will appoint a liaison to
The meeting was called
Jewish newspapers in to provide "a clear under- professor of psychology at the non-French com- him at their meeting that
as a war correspondent he
of munities.
many languages at- standing of the problems the
Rose told the audience had visited Dachau two
tended and at this and challenges facing Montreal, said there was
writer's suggestion Meir Quebec's Jewish corn- a risk of a /hardening in that he had met with days after its liberation
Grossman, . veteran munity" in the aftermath the Quebec 'line with re- Camille Laurin, Minister and was fully aware that
Jewish journalist and co- of last November's elec- gard to "Francization" of of State for Cultural Af- extreme nationalism ends
fairs, who told him that he with Dacuau-like trage-
founder of the Jewish tion victory of the the province.
"The province of Quebec would be glad to see ethnic dies.
Telegrafhic Agency, separatist
But Rose predicted
is a Canadian problem, not minority cultures flourish
It was the first in a a Jewish problem and but did not promise any- that if Quebec separated,
The view was expressed
not only Jews but many
that the World Federa- series of meetings ar- therefore we should react thing.
ethnic groups, in-
tion should include ranged for the purpose of to it as Canadians and not
minister that "recogni- eluding French, would
Jewish journalists irres- testing the awareness of as Jews," he said.
Lasiry, the son of tion of nationalities must leave the province. He
pective of their political Quebec Jews to changed
of conditions and their wil- Jewish immigrants from be mutual" and that "I said that "25,000 French
whether they wrote in lingness to defend their Morocco; observed that a am proud to belong to the Quebecers are now living
great number of young Jewish minority but I re- in California."
English, Hebrew, Ger- acquired positions.
man, Yiddish, French or
The discussion elicited Jews, both Anglophone
White House Honors Fisher
Spanish and it was imma- varying opinions from and Francophone, are in
,.. ,
terial whether they pub- knowledgeable Jewish favor of a ,separate
lished their articles in leaders.
Irving Cotler, professor
Jewish or in non-Jewish
Some viewed the possi-
bility of a separate of law at McGill Univer-
Afte'r a lengthy and se- Quebec with no qualms. sity, said that "separa-
rious discussion and ap- Others regarded such an tion is not inevitable but
peals by Rabbi M. Nurock event as a disaster for if the dignity of Quebec-
and Wolfgang von Weisl it Canada. ers cannot be realized but
was unanimously decided Dr. Victor Goldbloom, as an independent
to form a -committee of former Minister of En- Quebec, then let it be so."
representatives consist- vironmental Affairs and In the future, he said,
ing of Jewish journalists presently a Liberal (op- Quebec may become as
in Israel, the United position) member of French as Ontario is En-
States, Africa, South Quebec's provincial as- glish. /
"Secularization of edu-
American, Franc aid sembly, told the audience
Great Britain with head- that important changes cation, health care and
Detroiter Max Fisher, a friend, advisor and fund-
vliacecse.is Iaflretandey
ts aockiianl gserp
h ave b een tai ing place Quebec
quarters in London.
government fol- raiser for President Gerald Ford, was recently honored
Ford 's White House staff "for his many outstanding
The following were here since 1960, not
on behalf of the American Jewish community."
elected to the committee to the Nov. 15 elections.
lows the line of its own de-
"We have to watch care- derstand
prepare for the world con-
our it
Fisher, shown at right, with President Ford and Rabbi
ference which was to be fully for any trend leading
Israel Miller, former chairman of the Conference of
held during the XXV to discrimination against determination as well," Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations,
Zionist Congress in the Jewish community,"
was given a Steuben American Eagle by the White
he said.
. ,
Jerusalem: Samuel Cap- Goldbloom said, adding
staff. ... , : , . • ' . ,
Ian (Congress Bi-Weekly, that "So far I haven't de-



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