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May 06, 1977 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-05-06

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U.S. Support for Russian Jews Seeking Exit Visas
Affirmed as 200,000 Demonstrate for Freedom in NY

Detailed story on Page 16


the Nation's
Battle Against
Multiple Odds

Commentary, Page 2

A Weekly Review

VOL. LXXI, No. 9

of Jewish Events

17515 W. Nine Mile, Suite. 865, Southfield, Mich. 48075 424-8833

.$10.00 Per Year; This Issue 30 4

and the Jews:
Bleichroder Saga
and Other
Book Reviews

Pages 4, 64

May 6, 1977

The Martyred Teacher Janusz Korczak Is Memorialized

NEW YORK The legend of the 36 righteous men who are at all times responsible
for the fate of the world came to life again recently with the striking of a medal
honoring Dr. Janusz Korczak, a Polish writer and humanitarian who perished in the
Warsaw Ghetto
The medal has been struck by the Ghetto Fight-
ers Museum In Israel, an institution dedicated to
keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive in the
minds of Jews and non-Jews alike.
Dr. Korczak, spent his entire life in the service
of orphan children. He organized Europe's most
famous orphanage, The House of Orphans, in 1911
and served that institution until its seizure by the
Germans in 1942.
Dr. Korczak was a firm believer in the right of
orphan children to live in dignity. His approach to
these children was revolutionary and his reputation
among the forlorn was legendary. In addition to his
role as the director of The House of Orphans Dr.
Korczak gained an international reputation as a
writer of childrens' stories. His collections of sto-
ries have been translated in numerous languages
and have enchanted children the world over.


When The House of Children was forced to close its doors in the early days of 1942,
Dr. Korczak refused to abandon his charges. Instead, he accompanied them to their
new quarters in the Warsaw Ghetto and he remained with them until they were trans-
ported to the death camps.

Indeed, it is said that passers-by who had gath-
ered in the ghetto streets could not understand the
strange sight that met their eyes: a process . on of
happy singing children dressed in their Sabbath
clothing led by an old "out proud Jew carrying in
his arms a sick child. The sound of their singing
voices echoed as they boarded the train. This was
the one and only time that Januz Korczak had de-
ceived his charges. He had told them that the train
would take them to sunshine and green fields.

The medal in a strictly limited edition is avail-
able in silver, gold-plated bronze, silver-plated
bronze and bronze. Distribution in the • United
States and Canada is through Vidport Inc., Com-
memorative Medals Division, 711 Third Avenue,
New York 10017.

Philanthropy in High Gear

AJCarnpaign Ends on a Hopeful Note

Current Drive Tops Last Year's Gifts

"We weren't sure what the whole point was until Mr. Khalis appeared," Dr.
Detroit's 1977 Allied Jewish Campaign - Israel Emergency Fund drive gained
Korey said, adding that there were more guns and ammunition in the building
national stature as one of the best campaigns in the United States this year with
than in any Washington sporting goods store, and the terrorists placed flam-
a projected total of $16,550,000 announced at the AJC-IEF closing meeting
mable liquids in the building stairwells. -
Wednesday evening at the Jewish Community Center. Jewish Welfare Feder-
Dr. Korey said Khalis launched into a tirade about the Black Muslims who
ation Executive Vice President Sol Drachler said the projected figure would put
had killed his children and the movie "Mohammed Speaks;" which was playing
Detroit in fourth position behind New York, Chicago and Los Angeles in funds
throughout the U.S. "Then he launched into shouting: 'You are Yehudim ! Yehu-
raised, even though Detroit is ranked 11th in Jewish population.
dim! Zionists!' and he blamed the Jews for the 'injustices' of the court case
The $16,550,000 projection compares to $16,198,279 raised in 1976. Drachler also
against the killers of his children and 'distortions' in the movie."
noted that the 1977 AJC-IEF, under the leadership of General Chairman Daniel
Honigman, had reversed a trend of recent years of a drop in the number of
The Hanafi incident was linked in Dr. Korey's mind to other pogroms in Jew-
pledges. The 1977 Campaign is expected to total 23,000 contributors, compared to
ish history; including the Holocaust, Ma'alot and Munich, and he talked of the
22,062 in 1976.
plight of Russian Jewry.
Honigman lauded his Campaign workers and professional staff, and said the
Dr. Korey said he was convinced that the Carter Administration would not
1977 Campaign results were a reason for optimism. "Jews anywhere in the
grant new trade credits to the Soviet Union unless substantial progress is made
world can rest assured that they will not be abandoned by the good people of
in the area of human rights. He said present U.S. credits to Russia will be re-
Detroit," he said. "We have found a unity of purpose served by our agencies at
considered soon and the U.S. will also press the Soviets at the Belgrade
home and our programs abroad."
meeting beginning June 15 that will re-
Martin Citrin, president of the Jewish
view the Helsinki accords.
Welfare Federation, acknowledged the
efforts of Honigman and his Campaign
"But suppose all 185,000 Russian
team and introduced the Federation of-
Jews who have applied were allowed to
ficers and agency heads present_
leave the Soviet Union this year. Will
Guest speaker for the evening was
there be jobs for them in Israel? Could
Dr. William Korey, director of the Bnai
they all be absorbed?" he asked. Until
'-ith International Council and a spe-
1967, he said, Israel picked up two-
list on human rights and Soviet
thirds of the cost of absorbing immi-
Jewry. Dr. Korey talked about both sub-
grants and the United Jewish Appeal
jects in his address, covering the Ha-
picked up one-third. After 1967 the ratio
nafi Muslim takeover of the Bnai Brith
was reversed and after 1973. Israel has
Headquarters in Washington in early
not been able to contribute to absorb-
March and an overview of Soviet
in the 1977 Allied Jewish Campaign closing meeting Wednesday evening
He cited Israel's economic diffi-
Dr. Korey was one of more than 100 at Participants
the Jewish Community Center included, from left, seated: ,Phillip Stollman, Morris
inflation and skyrocketing de-
hostages held ' by the Hanafis for 38 Friedman, David Handleman, Mandell Berman, Martin Citrin and guest speaker Dr.
fense costs. "Israel can not afford to
hours. He described the terror of the William Korey. Standing are, from left: Joseph Orley, Rabbi M. Robert Syme, Merle
do it. It is immoral, obscene to get So-
takeover, in which locks were shot off Harris, Carolyn Greenberg, Arthur Howard, Dulcie Rosenfeld, Marvin Goldman, Paul
viet Jews out of Russia if you (U.S.
doors and people beaten until all were Zuckerman, Thomas Klein, Charles Snider, Milford Nemer, Milton Miller, Dr. Leon Fill,
Jewry) don't make it possible for them
herded to the eighth floor - of the Bnai Neil Satovsky, Jay Kogan, Dr. Milton Goldrath, Daniel Honigman, Norman Wachler and
to survive," he said.
Brith Building.
Dr. Paul Feinberg.


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