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January 28, 1977 - Image 53

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-01-28

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House Blasts France on Daoud Release



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bers introduced a resolu-
tion last week denounc-
ing the French govern-
ment's release of Abu
Daoud, suspected Pales-
tinian terrorist who re-
portedly masterminded
the Munich Olympic mas-
sacre of 11 Israeli
William M. Brodhead
(D-Mich.), addressing the
House membership, said
in part:
"In spite of France's
pledge to support the
anti-terrorist treaty
adopted by the European



Common Market coun-
tries, and in spite of
France's extradition
agreements with West
Germany and Israel, both
of which sought to ques-
tion Daoud concerning
terrorist crimes, the gov-
ernment of France al-
lowed Daoud to go free on
a technicality. There is
serious question that the
French government pur-
sued every legal means to
detain Daoud.
"By this narrow, self-
interested and short-
sighted action, the gov-
ernment of France has
made it clear to the rest of

Voyage of Damned Disappointing

While the major powers
"Voyage of the debated their fate, the
Damned," the film detail- passengers aboard the St.
• rec. rooms
the tragic story of the Louis became more and
• basement floors
Jewish refugees from more desperate. Many at-
Nazism who boarded the tempted suicide and
• suspended ceilings
ship St. Louis seeking others determined to
freedom from persecu- overpower the crew and
• stucco
tion, has the makings of a risk a charge of piracy
contender for the rather than return to the
• misc. repairs.
drama-of-the-year title, almost certain death
but its inconsistencies which awaited them in
Very Reasonable
and empty characters their homeland. Finally,
Call RON
cause it to lose the impact with his fuel running out,
it might otherwise have Captain Schroeder reluc-
on its audience. tantly set a course re-
turning the St. Louis, and
Based on the book of its passengers, to Europe.
the same name by Gordon
As the ship neared Eu-
Thomas and Max Morgan rope, desperate negotia-
Witts, "Voyage" presents tions between agents of
the true-life story of 937 the passengers and the
Experts on aluminum storms,
freedom-seeking Jews governments of Britain,
carpet, floor, furniture clean-
who were allowed to leave France, Belgium and Hol-
ing. Wall washing, custom their native Germany
came to a tension-
painting, interior-exterior.
aboard the luxury liner land
filled conclusion when
SS St. Louis on May 13, each of the four countries
1939, believing that they agreed to accept a share
had bought asylum in of the St. Louis'
Cuba. Although each
On June 17,
Complete bedroom &
passenger had been passengers.
1939, the ship docked at
dining room sets
guaranteed a return fare Antwerp,
and more than
Chair re-Blueing
in the event Cuba would 600 lost their lives in the
Caning & Rushing
not accept him, this was Holocaust.
regarded as a mere for-
What with being ter-
Free Estimates
mality as each held offi-
cial landing certificates rified about their return
signed by the Cuban gov- to persecution in Europe
ernment's director of and the infiltration on
board the St. Louis by a
David's Plastering immigration.
young German Nazi
& Dry Wall
Unknown to the party spy, one would
Texturing of Walls. Repairs.
passengers, or to the think that the pathos of
non-Nazi captain of the the situation of the 937
St. Louis, the legality of Jews would glean tears or
their precious documents uneasiness from the au-
was in question even be- dience. It makes for bore-
fore the ship departed dom instead.
Town & Country Painters
Hamburg. Eight days
The 2 1/2-hour film boasts
Color coordinating
earlier the Cuban presi- a wealth of stars, among
Reasonable rates.
dent had signed a decree them Faye Dunaway, who
Guaranteed workmanship
invalidating their land- plays an empty-headed
ing permits. German slut-like doctor's wife;
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Propaganda Minister Max von Sydow, Oskar
Joseph Goebbels, aware Werner, Malcolm
of the Cuban govern- McDowell, Orson Welles,
ment's action, prepared a James Mason, Lee Grant,
campaign 'to prove to the Luther Adler, Julie Har-
world that Germany was ris, Jose Ferrer, Ben Gaz-
mercial OResidential
not alone in its rejection zara and Michael Constan-
ing. Aluminum Siding &
of the passengers aboard tine. Except for a few, most
Trim. Gutters & General Re-
the St. Louis.
of the stars' roles barely
contribute anything to the
Schroeder protested in
For example, Miss
vain against the decision
that his passengers would Dunaway's role is insig-
not be allowed to leave the nificant — there is no-
ship wheh it docked in thing she does or says in
Havana on May 27. One the picture that can't be
week later the St. Louis eliminated.
Custom work, household moving,
was forced to depart
offices, packing, piano and appli-
What one may find
Havana and Schroeder set
ances. Local and State of Michigan.
course for Miami and ho- questionable is that the
vered uncertainly between hair shaved from two
the American coast and concentration camp sur-
Cuba vainly hoping that vivors traveling on the
President Franklin ship — for 30 days — did
Roosevelt would give not grow back. Despite
permission for the the physical abuse they
passengers of the St. Louis suffered, certainly their
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Friday, January 28, 1977 53

Another puzzling fac-
tor is that the viewing
audience is never in-
formed of the outcome of
a seemingly important
subplot involving Nazi
espionage, introduced at
the outset of the movie
and thinly carried
An incident that
neither affects the plot or
the dialogue in the film is
the death of an elderly
professor, played by
.Luther Adler. He has a
nominal role in the pic-
ture and the scenes por-
traying his ill health,
subsequent death and
funeral are extraneous.
The dialogue can be
criticized as being muffled
in spots and without sub-
stance. An inane conversa-
tion takes place between
Werner (a once-wealthy
physician deprived of his.
practice by the Nazis) and
Miss Dunaway (his wife)
about the doctor's past
love affair. "Did you love
her?" "No," replied the
doctor, "I was a trophy for
her." The wife seeks a
reaffirmation of her hus-
band's love. Where is the
terror of what is to come?
Where is the desperation?
On the positive side, the
film presents several in-
stances where the agony
of the passengers is felt,
lending some credibility
to the story. There is a
brief mutiny scene where
a small group of
passengers led by a camp
survivor tries to force-
fully dissuade the captain
from returning to Eu-
rope, there are attempted
suicides, tears and wring-
ing of hands.
Unfortunately, the
tragedy of the St. Louis,
as portrayed in the film,
'Voyage of the Damned,"
will not be felt as strongly
by the non-Jewish
moviegoing public as by
the Jewish moviegoers
since it is presented in a
format featuring Hol-
lywood's finest speaking
meaningless lines. To
make for a convincing
aura of fear, the actors
should have been utter-
ing cries of terror of
sure-death as one would
expect of a persecuted
Jew being returned to his
native land where the
elimination of the Jews
was the current program.
The film opens Feb. 16
for an exclusive six-week
run at the Somerset

the world that it is willing
to sacrifice principle for
expediency. It has tacitly
approved terrorist ac-
tivities by ignoring the
rights of countries that
have suffered terrorist at-
tacks. It has vacated its re-
sponsiblities to the world
community by announcing
that suspected terrorists
may find not justice in Fr-
ance, but a haven from jus-
"I believe that the Un-
ited States must protest
France's irresponsible
actions in the strongest
terms. In addition, we
must continue to con-
demn and stand firm
against all terrorist ac-
tivities and use our influ-
ence overseas to encour-
age our allies to do the
same. Only with complete
cooperation between na-
tions can we hope to halt
these unconscionable
Meanwhile, the Senate
Foreign Relations Com-
mittee withdrew its re-
quest to the U.S. govern-
ment to bring France be-
fore the United Nations
General Assembly for re-
leasing the Palestinian
terrorist Daoud and al-
lowing him to go free to
Instead, the committee
approved a revised resol-
ution asking the govern-
ment to "consult prompt-
ply with France and other
friendly nations" to pre-
vent similar situations in
the future by which ter-
rorists are released with-
out trial.

The Senate committee's
original resolution,
drafted by Sens. Clifford
Case (R.-N.J.) and Hubert
H. Humphrey - (D.-Minn.),
criticized France for re-
leasing Daoud "without af-
fording the governments
of West Germany or Israel
an opportunity to seek ef-
fectively in the courts of
France the extradition of
The French Embassy
bitterly protested the Se-
nate Committee's action
as intervention in Fr-
ance's internal affairs
and Sen. John Sparkman
(D.-La.), tlae committee's
chairman, asked the Se-
nate to withdraw it from
' its calendar — a move
that referred the resolu-
tion back to the commit-
tee. Sparkman was sup-
ported by Sen. Jacob
Javits (R.-N.Y.) in this ac-
According to informed
sources, Sen. George
McGovern (D.-S.D.) op-
posed any resolution con-
demning France and Sen.
Charles Percy (R.411.)
suggested consultation
with French Ambassador
Jacques Kosciusko-
Morizet about it. Sen.
Frank Church (D.-Idaho)
acting as chairman of the
committee in Sparkman's
absence, telephoned the
envoy who reportedly
urged that the committee
suppress any resolution
but Church, informed him
that was impossible.
McGovern persuaded the
committee to delete the
phrase in the original re-
. solution relating to the
extradition moves by

West Germany and Is-
The revised resolution,
to which the committee
unanimously agreed, now
reads that it is the sense
of the. Senate that
Daoud's release is "harm-
ful to the efforts of the
community of nations to
stamp out international
terrorism" and that the
United States "should
consult promptly with
France and other friendly
nations to seek ways to
prevent a recurrence of a
situation in which a ter-
rorist leader is released
from detention without
facing pending criminal
charges in a court of law."
In New York, the presi-
dent of the National Con-
ference of Christians and
Jews has termed France's
release of Daoud "shock-
ing in that she has put
economic need ahead of
justice and the protection
of human rights."
Dr. David Hyatt said
that both France and
Germany, fearing threats
and extortion, "welched"
on a Common Market
anti-terrorist convention
and "caved in to the ter-
He called upon Presi-
dent Carter, Secretary of
State Cyrus Vance and
UN Ambassador Andrew
Young "to take leader-
ship roles toward mobiliz-
ing the world's leaders to
quick and effective action
through the United Na-
tions and every other
possible instrument to
thwart the spread of
further terrorism which
the release of terrorists
like Abu Daoud obviously
and openly encourages."
In a related develop-
ment, Dr. Joseph P.
Sternstein, president of
the Zionist Organization
of America, rejected the
president of France's "at-
tempt to thrust blame on
the West Germans and to
portray criticism of his
government as criticism
of the French people," for
the release of the PLO
terrorist, Daoud.
Dr. Sternstein, respond-
ing to a press conference
held in Paris by French
President Valery Giscard
d'Estaing, said, "he cannot
whitewash the French ket-
tle by calling the German
pot black. The undue haste
of the French government
in releasing the professed
murderer, Abu Daoud,
was what prompted the
anger and revulsion felt
around the world."
Dr. Sternstein said,
"We are saddened and
angered by the French
government for its be-
coming an accessory to
murder by aiding and
abetting the PLO and in-
ternational terrorists
who have left a trail of
dead innocent men, wo-
men, and children."


Some 1,000 members of
the Synagogue for the
Performing Arts, includ-'
ing Red Buttons, dumped
500 bottles of French
wine in a sewer in front of
the French tourist office
in Beverly Hills to protest
.Daoud's release. The
group said they would
boycott French products.

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