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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-02-25

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Friday, February 25, 1977

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Syrian-Jordan Federation Due

JERUSALEM (ZINS) "liberated - part of the
— The Arab newspaper West Bank area will be
Al Kuds, which appears in annexed to the
East Jerusalem, reports Syrian — Jordanian fed-
that the federation of eration and that the fu-
Syria and Jordan will be tune Palestinian state
proclaimed May 1. The will also be part of the
report states that _each federation.
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Bnei Akiva of North
America, and Camp
Moshava of Los Angeles.

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In his "Memoirs of a
German Jew'', which ap-
peared in Hebrew in 1946,
he told the story of his en-
rollment at the univer-
sity which was to take
place on a Shabat. His
friend, the Count of Boer-
ris of Munechhausen, (la-
ter, a prominent non-
Jewish pro-Zionist), the
scion of ancient Prussian
nobility acted as. a
"Shabes Goy"
'
and signed
in the name of
Gronemann.

Sammy Gronemann
was a jurist, Zionist and
humorist; these three
quite different aspects,
elements and functions
were harmoniously com-
bined in his unique per-
sonality. He was born on
Purim 1875 at Strassburg
(Eastern Prussia) and he
died one day before Purim
1952 in Tel Aviv. Thus his
life, as it were, stood in
the sign of this gayest day
In his "Havdala and
of the calendar. It
may be said that he con- Tattoo" he recalled, as he
sciously cultivated the put it, "reminiscences on
omen of the date of his Eastern Jews behind the
birth. He wrote a charm- _frontline 1916-1918". To-
ing play. of five scenes, day, this otherwise enter-
"Raman's Flight," on the taining book leaves a bit-
ter and tragic aftertaste
Purim theme.
_ Sammy Gronemann showing as it does that, in
was aptly called the World War I, the German
"Sholem Aleichem of the armies were welcomed by
Yekkehs" depicting a the Jews of Russia and
world which has com- Poland as liberators.
pletely vanished, that of
Furthermore, the Ger-
German Jewry before man General Staff in-
World War I.
vited and employed ad-
Gronemann grew up in visors on Jewish affairs.
the north German city of Gronemann was one of
Hanover where his father them. The recurrent
was chief rabbi of that clashes between Prussian
city and of the province of militarism and Jewish
folkways and religious
the same name.
He received a: tradi- observance kindled the
tional Jewish education spark of Gronemann's
and without being humor and the book
strictly Orthodox, re- abounds with comic situ-
ations and episodes.
mained faithful to
He had not come to
traditional Jewish way of
Zionism the hard way, by
life.

However, Gronemann
had a special sense for the
humoristic side of relig-
ion. He exposed again and
again the collision of the
world of Jewish faith with
the foreign environment
and revealed the comic
situations and coinci-
dences which existed be-
side the albeit more fre-
quent, serious and tragic
ones.

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trial and error, after inner
struggles and doubts, like
many of his contem-
poraries from among the
"post - assimilationist"
Jewish intelligentsia of
Germany.

In
the
case
of
Gronemann, like that of
many other young Jews,
it was Herzl's appearance
that awoke the political
consciousness hidden in
the depths of his Jewish
soul. Gronemann im-
mediately joined the
Zionist movement, par-
ticipated in Zionist con-
gresses, and as one of the
first Zionist propagan-
dists, he travelled all over
Germany. He filled with
distinction, the, highest
legal offices of the move-
ment, being elected
Chairman of the Con-
gress Tribunal and Con-
gress Attorney and he
put his legal scholarship
and experience into the
service of the World
Zionist Organization.
He wasinstrumental in
forming the constitutions
of the World Zionist Or!
ganization and elevated
the Congress Tribunal tc
the rank of a truly inde-
pendent court of law.
When the Nazis seized
power in 1933,
Gronemann left the Ger-
man capital for Paris. In
1936 he moved to Eretz
Yisrael, settling in Tel
Aviv: It was only here
that Gronemann really
succeeded as a playw-
right. Here he produced
his famous comedies:
"King Solomon & Shal-
mai the Cobbler", and the
"Trial about the Donkey's
Shade".
He wrote them in
polished German verses,
and through Altermann's
masterly Hebrew trans-
lation, they became real
hits. The posthumous

fame of Gronemann as a
Hebrew Aristophanes
surpassed by far the re-
pute he had gained in his
lifetime.
If today, 25 years after
Sammy Gronemann's
death, we recall the mem-
ory of this kind, wise and
witty man, always brim-
ming over with ideas and
plans, never too busy for a
friendly chat; his person-
'ality comes into clearer re-
lief than during his
lifetime.

G•onemann's distinc-
tive feature was the un-
ique synthesis of ele--
ments which, in general,
are not to be found corn-
bined in one person: legal
acumen and ability')

Zionist • political ac-
tivities, literary talent

and productivity.

School Principals
Attend Classes

NEW YORK — Princi-
pals of Hebrew day
schools in the New York
metropolitan area are
now attending classes
themselves once a week,
according to Rabbi Joel
Kramer, president of the
National Conference of
Yeshiva Principals, an af-
filiate of Torah
Umesorah, the -national
society for Hebrew day
schools.
The classes for princi-
pals are part of a series of
workshop practiciums,
the first section of which
is limited to 10 two-hour
Sunday sessions to be
held at different Hebrew
day schools in Brooklyn.

AJCommittee
Head Named

NEW YORK — Elmer
L. Winter, president of
the American Jewish
Committee, has been
named to the 11-member
board of directors of the
Alliance to Save Energy..

The alliance, whose
creation was announced
recently by Senators
Charles H. Percy and
Hubert H. Humphrey, is a
nationwide movement of
busineSs, labor, states,
cities, universities, and
owners to foster energy
conservation. It aims to
help stimulate legislative
efforts for tax credits for
energy-saving action by
industry and homeow-
ners.

Jews, Catholics
Taking Over?

In answer to a reader's
inquiry about a Jewish-
Catholic "takeover" of
Congress, nationally'`
syndicated columnist—
Ann Landers quoted the
following statistics:
The 371 Protestants in
Congress hold 70 percent
of the seats which is prop-
ortional to their popula-
tion. Some 129 Roman
Catholics hold about 25
percent and 27 Jews
about three percent of the
seats, which represent
their approximate prop-
ortions to the general
population of the U.S.

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